Along with the state titles, she leaves high school ranked fourth all time in Polk in the 300 hurdles (one of just four runners to run under 44 seconds) and is ranked sixth in the 100 hurdles.

Britain Musick ran the hurdles in the fifth grade for the first time just to try something different.

"It caught my eye," she said. "It was a new skill that I could learn, and I didn't know a lot of people who did it."

Eight years later and without the benefit of a senior postseason, Musick is graduating from Lakeland Christian as one of the most decorated track athletes and also one of the best hurdlers time in Polk County.

Musick, the granddaughter of longtime LCS track and cross country coach Mike Musick Sr., won state titles in the 100-meter hurdles and 300 hurdles in each of her first three years of high school, but that's just the start. Musick also medaled in the 100 and 200 as a sophomore and junior and has 26 county, district and regional titles.

Even without her senior year, Musick's legacy is complete. Along with the state titles, she leaves high school ranked fourth all time in Polk in the 300 hurdles (one of just four runners to run under 44 seconds) and is ranked sixth in the 100 hurdles.

The only runner ranked ahead of her whom she hasn't competed against is George Jenkins' Tori Abnathy.

Musick accomplished what she did without running a complete 300 hurdles in practice or ever training on a track. The training at LCS, which doesn't have a track, was focused on technique with perhaps three or four hurdles lined up along with other drills to get faster.

Of all her accomplishments, it's not a state title that she's most proud of.

"It's probably how young I was in making it to the state meet in seventh grade," she said. "That's probably the thing that I'm probably most proud of is that I went when I was super young."

Musick was always ranked No. 1 in the 300 hurdles in 1A and was always most confident in that event. She owns a county title in the event and twice finished ranked first in the county in the event.

Of her six state titles, the one that was a bit unexpected was her first, the 100 hurdles as a freshman.

Musick was ranked behind a trio of Melbourne Holy Trinity runners going into the region meet then beat all of them at the region meet and state meet. Her winning times (15.44 at regionals and 15.49) were about a half second faster than she was running during the season.

"I think in the back of my mind I thought I could win it, but I was just so nervous that I didn't know what was going to happen," she said.

Running fast times at the end of the season was all part of the plan. Her personal-best times in all her events happened at the state meet.

"We have always made it a habit of training for the end of the year," her father and LCS track coach Mike Musick Jr. said. "Looking at her and how she was finishing, I knew it was possible. If she's one thing, she's a fighter."

That is why he downplayed the county meet and didn't take his team to some bigger meets because they didn't fit into his training schedule.

"Our goal is always the last meet of the season to do our best," he said. "If you don't win the Super Bowl, you might has well not been playing. That has been our mentality, and I don't know that it's fair for her, but that's just the way we've coached."

Musick's work load kept increasing during her career. Although she won the district meet in the 100 hurdles as a seventh- and eighth-grader, she just ran the 300 hurdles at regionals and state.

As a freshman, she ran both events throughout the postseason then added the 100 and 200 the past two seasons, medaling in all four events at the state meet the past two years.

"It was definitely super hard even when it came to districts and regionals with the prelims and finals," she said. "I just had to rest myself in between races and stay hydrated. It was very tough to do all those races in one day."

Of course, a heavy workload isn't unusual. She has also competed in cross country, swimming and competitive cheer and will graduate with a 3.52 GPA.

Musick's goals for her senior year were simple. Again win both hurdles event and try to lower her times in the sprints. More importantly, she hoped to help LCS to a team state title after the Vikings finished second the past two seasons.

Of course, all senior plans were abruptly disrupted because of COVID-19, but she came to terms with it.

"It's obviously upsetting because senior year didn't go like anyone expected," said Musick, who has signed with Cedarville, a Division II school in Ohio. "It's a super sad end to it all, but I'm really glad that last year at the state meet I could really end it on a good note. I was impressed with my last year's times and I won, so it's nice to know I ended on a really good level."

Roy Fuoco can be reached at roy.fuoco@theledger.com or at 863-802-7526. Follow him on Twitter: @Roy Fuoco.