By BRIAN RICHESSON
VINDICATOR SPORTS STAFF
MCDONALD -- Carol Holmes couldn't pass on the offer.
Initially choosing to continue her track and field career at Oberlin College, the McDonald High senior had a change of plans.
After competing in the 100-, 200- and 400-meter runs at the state track and field meet June 1-2, Holmes accepted a full scholarship to the University of Akron this week.
"Akron offered me a scholarship, so I don't have to pay for school," said Holmes, who plans to major in journalism or communications, on her reason for bypassing Oberlin.
Key meeting: Akron assistant coaches talked to Holmes' family at the state meet in Dayton, and she later visited the Akron campus.
"I've had dreams to do that [run at a Division I college], but it looked like it was never going to happen," she said. "[Akron] looks like a place I definitely can grow."
Holmes said she may concentrate on the 400 but admitted that it's too early to tell.
"It's kind of scary because I'll be running against the big dogs," she said. "I just gotta work hard."
Holmes, whose career has included obstacles such as mononucleosis and a stress fracture, had been part of McDonald's state success in relays, but she never advanced there in an individual event until this year.
She finished her high school career by placing third in the 100 (12.52) and seventh in the 400 (58.82). She wasn't able to advance to the finals in the 200, placing seventh (27.38) in her heat.
"This season I saw that I definitely wanted to make track a big part of my life," Holmes said.