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Academic All-Star: Lindsey Bradley

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 Richland High School's Lindsey Bradley was born to run.

"I've always loved running ever since I was three.  I would run around in circles in the backyard," she said.  "I've always thought that God has wanted me to run, so I just see that as motivation.

Bradley runs anywhere from 30 to 60 miles per week. She is the favorite to win this year's state cross country championship.

"I'm trying to control my nervousness this week.  I don't usually get nervous for races but I'm definitely nervous for state," she said.

Last week, she came in first place at regionals.  She finished in 17 minutes and 27 seconds, a personal record for her home course in Richland. She crossed the finish line 49 seconds before the next runner finished.

"I just wanted to take it in as much as I could, especially being my last race on that course.  It was bittersweet."

It's been an uphill battle for Bradley.  She's overcome injuries and illness during her four years on the cross country team.

"It's been insane; the ups and downs of my high school career.  I just have have focused on the future more than the present when I'm injured.  It's really easy to get down and upset."

Her coach has been there through the good and bad.

"She honestly works harder than basically anyone I know," said Coach Jay Bartlett.  "She puts in a lot of time, and I don't think people really think about how much time on her own she spends running.  I'm just excited to see her run one final great race."

When Bradley laces up at state on Saturday, she will run as Bomber one final time.

"It's a crazy feeling.  I didn't think this day would come, my last race as a Bomber.  But it's really exciting and having my team around me and all their support is great.  My last race as a Bomber is going to be awesome."

And she might just end it all as a state champ.

"That would be surreal to me.  I don't even know what I would feel after that.  I'm just really excited, and I do have my heart set on it."

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