On Tuesday, May 24 Mary Persons graduate Campbell Brown committed to compete for the University of West Georgia track team. She represented Mary Persons at the State Championships for the AAA division May 12-14 and medaled individually in the 200m sprint. She also ran on the Lady Bulldogs’ 4 x 400m and 4 x 200m relay teams that placed 2nd and 3rd in the State Meet.
Campbell began running for Monroe County Middle School track team when she was in 7th grade and has competed all four years at Mary Persons. At West Georgia she expects to continue competing in the 200m, 100m, 400m and relay events. Having visited the university and met several of the track team members, Campbell said she is excited about competing for West Georgia. She will begin summer workouts with the team in August.
She plans to earn her undergraduate degree and her masters at West Georgia in speech and language pathology.
Mary Persons Coach Llonisha McElhaney said that after coaching Campbell for four years she will be greatly missed both at practice and at meets. Mary Persons assistant principal Robert Lindsey, who has known Campbell since she was in middle school, commended her as a “great young lady” off of the field as well as on it. He said that only 10 percent of high school athletes get the opportunity to play in college and that the percentage is less in track. He said the transition isn’t an easy process but that he knows Campbell has what it takes to excel at the next level.