Lawrence Named State Athlete-of-the-Year
by Marjie Ducey
BJ Lawrence's mind is racing even when his legs aren't.
He'd love a break, he says, but if he's not training, he's watching track on TV. Or looking up results on the Internet.
He's determined to be ready when he lines up with track and field's fastest stars at the world championships in South Korea in August and at the Summer Olympics next July.
"It's the only thing I've been doing for the last year, just school and track,'' Lawrence said. "I've been training really, really hard.''
The NAIA sprint champion from Doane College already has qualified for worlds and the 2012 Olympic Games in London in the 200 meters for his home country of St. Kitts and Nevis, two islands about halfway between Miami and Trinidad and Tobago. He's a tenth of a second away from the Olympic qualifying time in the 100 and also is working to advance with his country's 4x100 relay team.
Although he's planning to return to Doane for his final year of track, Lawrence is back in the Caribbean training and racing.
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