Everyone knows Ashanti — who dropped her third CD, “Concrete Rose” — as one of the hottest solo recording artists in the music industry. And after her feature-film debut in “Coach Carter” and starring role in “John Tucker Must Die,” she’s getting props for her acting skills, too.But before she realized her voice could make her an R&B Princess, Ashanti Shequoiya Douglas was a track-and-field star.A speed demon in the 100- and 200-meter events in eighth grade, Ashanti was recruited by New York’s Glen Cove High School to be the youngest member of their track team. She says some of her greatest moments were making the Wall of Fame at her high school, and being scouted by the Olympic committee.When Ashanti added the triple jump as her third event, and set a record of 33’9′ at her high school. Princeton and other universities came calling. At 17 she was tempted to give up her musical dreams and study business management. Fortunately for her fans the Grammy winning Ashanti went from jumping in a sandpit to making people jump up on the dance floor.Ashanti may have chosen music over athletics, but one thing is clear. Her focus, determination, and competitive spirit helped her succeed in an arena at least as tough as athletics. Ashanti is a true star, whether on the track or on the stage.