JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Delana Green will be the lone representative from Raines High School at the state meet in the girls shot out Friday morning at the University of North Florida.
The three sport star is making her second appearance at a state meet and this time Green says she wants to win the gold.
Green's will to win is driven by a big void she's had in her life for years.
At 2-years-old her mother abandoned her, left her behind to be raised by her great grandmother, 92-year-old Mary Slater.
Green says for years she blamed herself for her mom abandoning her, in fact, she felt like she was a mistake.
Green says one of the hardest parts about competing in the events like the FHSAA state track and field meet is that her mother is never there.
Green says it's heartbreaking, always seeing her teammates parents come and support them and not having anyone there for her.
Green's grandmother Mary can't attend her games or track meets because she's not physically able.
But Green vows to break what she calls a generational curse and be better than her mom, because she believes many people think she won't.
Green has received a full scholarship to play basketball at Florida A&M.