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Sarah Wade

Created: 04/24/2013 10:42 PM KSTP.com

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- Early season practices are supposed to go off without a hitch, but Mayo junior Sarah Wade picked up a concussion before the Spartans first meet.

"I got it practicing high jump, and it was when I was whipping my head back over the bar," Wade said.

She missed a week of time, and her first race came at the Austin Invitational this past Saturday.

"It was our first meet that we were able to run, with the crazy weather, so I think we were all a little bit nervous to see how it was going to go," Wade said.

Wade squared off with rival Carolyn Hackel of Austin in the 100 meter dash, and in a close race, Hackel beat Wade by just a tenth of a second.

"I love running against her. She's one of my favorite girls in the conference," Wade said. "We've always been neck-and-neck, and she ended up beating me at the end there, but I look forward to seeing her later this season."

Mayo girls track coach Brett Carroll sees big things for Wade this season, thanks to some extra work the junior put in during the offseason.

"I think Sarah is more focused this year. You can see it in the workouts - she's pushing herself a lot harder," Carroll said.

"I noticed on the 4X200 when we were in Austin that for the first time, at the end of a 200, I didn't feel like I wanted to die!" Wade said. "So I'm really glad it's paying off."