Getting there wasn't easy. Clarke has battled hamstring and knee injuries, and there were plenty of times she thought about quitting. But with the encouragement of coaches and teammates, she was able to compete pain-free her final semester.
She made the most of her opportunity.
"I've thought about quitting so many times," Clarke said. "You know what you can do, but you can't because you are restricted with injuries. But I wanted everybody to remember me as a hard worker - even with what I've been through. I can still win and compete, and it finally showed."
Clarke clears final hurdle - The State
Chris Dearing from The State has a feature in today's edition about South Carolina's first SEC champion in the pentathlon, KeKe Clarke. Click here to read.
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