BreeAnne Campbell has been invited to throw the shot put next year for Florida State, which has one of the best track programs in the country.
The talented Manatee High senior will be a preferred walk-on and if she can increase her distance to 45-feet would be eligible to add an athletic scholarship to the other scholarships she has been awarded, thanks a great to deal to her academic standing.
If FSU gave scholarships for courage, Campbell would be at the top of the list. She had to navigate through an unbelievable string of obstacles to reach the Class 3A State Track Meet. She threw the shot 35-11.75 at the region meet to finish fourth and her best this season was 37-8.
Last fall, Campbell underwent seven hours of open heart surgery for a rapid heartbeat, also known as Wolf Parkinson White syndrome.
Four days before her district track meet, she was in a car accident that left her hobbled with knee and back injuries, but she still managed to finish first. She qualified for states despite being in pain and discomfort.
Campbell might have to undergo more heart surgery. She is hoping it won’t be necessary, but says it won’t prevent her from competing in the shot put at FSU.