DUNLAP, Ill. — Brittany Rainey can look back and smile at a full high school career.
But she thinks she may have been able to accomplish more than she did.
“I feel like I could have done more but I feel like I have done a lot here,” Rainey said.
When you peel back all the layers on Rainey, you see is more than just an excellent track athlete. She is one of the top students in the school and has loved her role in choir.
“It’s really fun. I get to go in and sing for fun,” Rainey said with a smile. “It’s an escape from the pressures of track, pressure of school. It compliments everything I do.”
One of the things Rainey is most proud of is her involvement in Dunlap’s Project Purple, a student-led drug awereness initiative at the high school. She’s a regular at “Snowball,” a lock-in for the students that are celebrating a drug and alcohol free life at Dunlap.
“It’s much bigger that what you think it is,” Rainey said of the presures around drug use in teens. “If you try and convince others not to live that life, it’s easier to stay out of it. It improves everyone around you.”
Rainey typically competes in the 100 hurdles and on Dunlap’s 4×100 and 4×200 meter relay teams.
“Student comes first, then athlete. She is always telling me she’s got this, got that, but I will be there, I’m going to drive with my parents,” said Dunlap girls track coach Amanda Young. “She’s dependable but she dabbles in a lot of (activities).”
Rainey has signed to run track at Grand Valley Sttae University in Michigan. She wants to study sports management and pursue a career in sports administration.
She says all those activites at Dunlap have prepared her for the next journey in her life.
“I feel so accomplished to say I can still compete and run in college,” Rainey said. “I made it. It’s crazy.”