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Pain no match for Brown's toughness

Updated: June 1, 2009, 4:30 PM ET
By Brian A. Giuffra | ESPN RISE Magazine

Few people know this, but sometimes in the middle of the night Cherry Creek (Greenwood Village, Colo.) senior McKenzie Brown wakes up writhing in pain. Her calf muscles start contracting around her already brittle shins, making it feel as if she has excruciating charley horses deep in her legs.

The pain forces Brown out of bed and into a three-part routine designed to alleviate the discomfort and allow her to sleep. She swallows a few Advil, then goes through a painful stretching ...

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