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Stratford track-and-field Coach David Bailey works with every Eagle.

Through nearly four years of work with sprinter Katie Stone, he's picked up on a few of the senior's traits.

"Hardworking. If she ever sets her mind to getting something done, she's going to accomplish it," says Coach Bailey.

She's put her mind to good use. Just last year, Katie picked up first place finishes at state in the 100 and 200 meter dash, and the 300 meter hurdles.

"I try not to think about it too much because then I'll over-think it and get nervous. Once I get out there, I'm fine," says Stone.

The track part is automatic. Once that's done, Katie's other endeavor gets the rest of her attention.

"After I run, I go home and do my homework. I really don't have time for much else," Stone says.

With time ticking in her high school career, Katie has her mind set on the future. She's looking for track to open a door at the next level.

Stone says,"Hopefully, this will get me through college. This and my grades."

When she gets through at Stratford she's going to run somewhere.

"I'm still visiting and thinking about it so, hopefully we'll know pretty soon," says Stone.

That's not to say she's forgotten her roots.

"I grew up at Stratford. From Pre-K to senior year, all the way through. I love my school, and I just want to do good for them. All I told her was to be a good teammate. She's going to be right there rooting the rest of them on very good so hopefully everything will come together," says Stone.

For now, and for the future, Katie Stone has her eyes set on greatness.

"Just looking forward to bigger and better things," she says.

One more track season as an Eagle, then who knows where the path will take her.

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