Chapman sophomore Taylor Briggs went into the home stretch in Saturday’s 1,600-meter run as the crowd erupted, and she broke away from the rest of the pack.
Briggs soared through the finish line for her second gold medal of the day; she won her first in the 3,200-meter run. Although her 1,600-meter run time of 5:06.18 was good enough to earn her the gold medal, Briggs wasn’t quite satisfied.
“I kind of wanted to break the five minute time, but that’s just another goal to work for next year,” Briggs said.
Although she earned two gold medals at Saturday’s state track meet in Wichita, that was not Briggs’ primary goal. Winning is not the No. 1 thing on her mind; she just cares about improving herself every time she steps on the track.
“I don’t really worry about the winning; I’m just kind of here to get my times down and my PR (personal record),” she said.
As a freshman last year, Briggs felt like the stage was bigger and the lights were brighter. But, the experience helped her gain perspective on what the state meet was like. She felt no pressure Saturday, but feels fortunate about her two new pieces of hardware.
“I try not to let it get on me; it felt a lot bigger last year,” Briggs said. “It feels really big this year, but I guess since it was my first year I was a little more overwhelmed. It’s a good experience.”
Briggs wasn’t the only Chapman athletes to win gold during Saturday’s early action. Aaron Modrow won the 3,200-meter run with a time of 9:49.25.
McKenna Kirkpatrick also saw action in Saturday’s early action, competing in the long jump. She finished in seventh place, jumping a distance of 15’10.75.
Additional Chapman results will be reported later.