When Aaliyah McKinney steps into the blocks, she's thinking one thing.
"Just go," she said. "Go get it. That's my main thing. Just go get it. No matter who's in your heat, who's next to you, who's beside you, doesn't matter, just go get it."
Thing is, it hasn't mattered much who's been in her heat. And there hasn't been anybody beside her - and certainly not in front of her - in a long time.
"When we're behind in a relay, and she'll just go catch the person in front of her," coach Savino Rivera said, "or (her) splits in the 400, or come back and win, it's just like, 'Ah!'
"It's something to watch."
McKinney holds or shares nearly every sprint record at South Bend Adams, a school known for its sprinters. Her favorites are the 100 and 200 meters.
"Because they've been there so long," McKinney said. "The 100 has been there since 1983. And the 200 was like 1970-something. So just to put my name on it in 2011 and 2012 makes me happy."
She also holds the 100 and 200 meter city records, and was the NIC MVP in girls track and field last season.
And she's even better this year. On Tuesday, McKinney set the Bremen Sectional record in the 200 meters, which had stood since 1979.
"To know that I have the sectional record in the 200, which is one of my favorite races, it was a goal," she said.
Her numbers off the track are impressive as well: A 3.0 grade point average, co-editor-in-chief of the yearbook, volunteering at Habitat for Humanity and her church, and a scholarship for Division I track next year at Eastern Michigan.
"There's a reason you're called a student-athlete," she said.
And Aaliyah McKinney is a perfect example.