How ironic is it that Seton Academy's Mykel Adams chose to make a turtle for a class project.
The turtle is known as one of the slowest reptiles. Adams is one of the fastest runners in Class 1A.
"I just wanted to do a turtle," Adams said. "I don't know why, but it was a pottery class and I had fun making it."
She won a school competition, much like she has won a lot of races in her four-year track career. Adams qualified for this weekend's Class 1A state meet in Charleston in the 100-, 200- and 400-meter dashes. She also is on the Sting's 400 relay team.
Success is nothing new for Adams, who is No. 2 in her class. She will study biology at the University of Missouri and may try to walk on. She wants to get involved with oncological science and work in cancer research.
"I had a friend, who had cancer and died," Adams said. "I just took an interest in cancer because of her, and I want to be able to help people."
First, though, she must finish high school. Adams' super season might not have been, as she suffered a stress fracture in her right ankle and traded in her spikes for a boot.
"It was tough not running, but I came to practice every day and did what workouts I could, abs, upper body," Adams said. "As far as coming back, I knew I could do it if I just worked at it. I am really thrilled to be going to state."
Adams came back too soon and had to go back to wearing the boot. She did compete in one indoor meet and battled the weather for the outdoor meets.
"I was not going to let that stop me," Adams said. "I wanted to run and it was a matter of pushing myself and thinking positive."
She is positive about competing in Charleston for the last time in her prep career. The Sting were fourth last year with 30 points, and Adams was part of the winning 400-meter relay with Jasmine Gardner, DeJanae Terry and Nancy Jeanty, which set a school and state record, running 48.51 seconds.
Adams was seventh in the 400 last year, running 59.26.
"I am going down and looking to run my best," Adams said. "I want to do well."