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Pinellas County girls track preview

Clearwater Central Catholic junior Lindsey Cooper wants a state title.

DANIEL WALLACE | Times (2009)

Clearwater Central Catholic junior Lindsey Cooper wants a state title.

Lindsey Cooper is known to many as the younger sister of Florida Gators receiver Riley Cooper. But in track circles she has created her own identity.

That identity has come with success.

A junior sprinter at Clearwater Central Catholic, Cooper placed sixth at last season's Class 2A state meet in the 400-meter dash, and she believes she is only starting to reach her potential.

"I want to win (state)," Cooper said.

It won't be easy.

At state last spring, Cooper posted a personal-best time of 57.35 seconds in the finals. The winning score was 53.92.

There is much work to be done, but Cooper, a state qualifier every year since she was a seventh-grader, insists she has the drive necessary to meet her goals, if not this spring then the next.

First things first, she is taking aim at her personal record.

"I'd like to beat that," Cooper said.

She already is close.

In CCC's season-opening meet last week, Cooper posted a time of 58.01, an excellent early-season mark, especially when one considers she only recently finished playing soccer, a sport in which she also is a standout.

"I want to do both (in college)," Cooper said.

Girls to watch

Alicia Aldridge, Sr., East Lake: Has talent to place in top five at state in 800.

Lauren Campbell, Jr., Northeast: High jumper was second-team all-county.

Maryah Finch, Sr., Tarpon Springs: Fourth at 3A state meet in the 800.

Kala Funderburk, Jr., Lakewood: Sprinter is a rising star in the 200.

Victoria Goodwin, So., Northside Christian: A standout sprinter and jumper.

Katelyn Greenleaf, So., Northside Christian: Among state's top distance runners.

Alexis Irwin, So., Osceola: A standout in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200.

Maria Karavokiros, Sr., Tarpon Springs: Long jumper has state title potential.

Thea Linkfield, Sr., Countryside: Returning state qualifier in the 300 hurdles.

Destini Ogelsby, Jr., Admiral Farragut: Holds school records in shot and discus.

Postseason schedule

Districts: Classes A/2A, April 12-17; Classes 3A/4A, April 19-24

Regionals: Classes A/2A, April 21-23; Classes 3A/4A, April 28-30

State: Class A, April 30; Class 2A, May 1; Class 3A, May 7; Class 4A, May 8

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