Deerfield-Windsor senior runner Kelly Conway is shooting to add five more state titles to the nine she has already won at the GISA state track meet.
Conway won her first title in the 8th grade but her running style has changed dramatically since then.
When Deerfield-Windsor Kelly Conway won the GISA AAA girls 1600 meter run as an eighth grader, she didn't know how many other times she would cross the finish line first at the state meet.
Kelly Conway said. "When I was in 8th grade and I won that and everyone else were seniors, I couldn't imagine being that old and still running."
Conway has a chance to win a fifth straight 1600 meter title and a fourth straight title in the 800 meters this year.
She also won the 3200 meter title her freshman and sophomore years.
Conway said. "Every season you hope to do well I didn't expect to have so many. "
After winning the three long distance events for two straight years, Conway decided to change her style.
Conway said. "I was doing better at those. I really liked the faster speed. So, I just eventually dropped the two mile."
For the second straight year, Conway will run the 400, 800 and 1600 meter runs and both relays.
That means instead of three races on the track. She will now have to run eight in three days.
Conway said. "I just have to keep my legs going into Saturday."
And on Saturday, Conway hopes her last race is a win in the 400 meter after she finished in 4th place last year.
Conway said. "Saturday it is the last day and it will be my last race. To go out and win the 400 and end my career that would be pretty special." But at the same time I have time I have had just a great five years running here with a lot of success. It will be sad for it all to be over."
Conway's running career will continue next year at Clemson.
The GISA state track meet runs Thursday through Saturday at Hugh Mills Stadium.
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