Had Dominique Lamb been born a few years earlier, or a couple of years later, she would probably own a few state track championships.
But despite her circumstances, the Chandler High School senior is not feeling sorry for herself. In fact, she thinks this could be the season she earns those titles.
"I’m just working as hard as I can," Lamb said. "You never know what could happen."
Lamb, who competes in the 100-, 200- and 400-meter events, began her career as former teammate Keri Suell was completing hers. Suell won the 100 and 200 state titles from 1999-2001.
For the past two seasons, Peoria senior Jessica Onyepunuka has won the 100 and 200 titles, while her sister Judith, a sophomore, placed second in those events last year.
Lamb placed third at state in the 100 and 200, and was second in the 400, the first year she had competed in the event.
"We thought the 400 would be her best bet to win a title," Chandler coach Eric Richardson said. "It didn’t happen, but when she doesn’t win it it isn’t because she isn’t working hard. She is extremely competitive and feels she should win every time."
Earlier this school year, Lamb signed a volleyball scholarship with the University of Arizona. She said it was a difficult decision choosing between the two sports.
"Track was my first sport, my first love," Lamb said, "but I thought I would have more success in volleyball."
Lamb said she had flirted with the idea of competing in both sports. She sought the opinion of Richardson and he persuaded her to focus on one or the other.
"She can be as successful as she wants to," said Richardson, "but she needs to concentrate on just one."
At present, her full concentration is on track. She wants to get her 100 time in the low 12-second range, her 200 in the low 25s and the 400 around 53 seconds.