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Jackie Mink

Collinsville

Academic rank: 42 of 448

Sports: cross country, track and field

Academic bio: Cum Laude ... honor roll (four years).

Athletic bio:  State qualifier in track and cross country ... Belleville News-Democrat All-Area cross country team ... third team All-Conference in track (2011) ... first team All-Conference cross country (2010) ... holds school record in the 3,200m relay.

Activities: National Honor Society ... Latin Club historian ... Student Council ... Freshman Focus Leader.

College: Illinois State University (exercise science)

Goal:"I hope to become a successful physical therapist, travel the world, and I would really like to impact the lives of those who need it most."

Favorite subject: Current Events. "I like to be informed about issues around the world that I might not necessarily learn about otherwise."

Favorite book: The Tenth Circle (Jodi Picoult)

Favorite musician: The Dave Matthews Band

Role model: "I consider my mom and one of my past cross country coaches, Diana Kamadulski, to be my biggest role models. My mom runs marathons and Coach K ran for Illinois State and gives me a lot of guidance and support with my running. They are two of the most caring, level-headed women I know and they're also two of my biggest believers."

Personal story: "A major obstacle in my running career occurred last spring when I injured my foot at the  Conference track meet. My injury left me sidelined from achieving my goals at the state meet that spring. Shortly after I recovered from my injury I was diagnosed with a stress fracture in the same foot. Giving up would have been an easy option but I was determined to get better and qualify for the state cross country meet. After months of training on the elliptical and in the pool I was released to run again at the beginning of October. At times it didn't seem possible but I overcame my adversities and qualified for the state meet less than a month later where I placed 75th. Looking back I see my injuries as a blessing in disguise because it gave me a new perspective on myself and the sport."