In just two years at St. Joseph Christian, sophomore Brooklyn Miller was able to do what every high school track athlete dreams of.
She became a state champion.
Miller won the state championship in the high jump, while also receiving second place in the javelin and seventh place in the 4x100m relay en route to being named the All-News-Press Now Girls Track Athlete of the Year.
Winning multiple medals at the MSHSAA State Track Meet is tough to do, but being an underclassman makes it even more exciting knowing that there is more time to potentially return and do it again.
She was able to improve in nearly every event from her freshman year, where she finished second place in the high jump, sixth place in the javelin and eighth place in the 4x200m relays. Miller was able to use that as a learning experience to have an even better year this year.
“Brooklyn has improved since her freshman year because she works daily toward the goals she has set for herself and we have set for the team,” Coach Lisa Olson said. “Her consistency and hard work are paying off for her each year and we can’t wait to see what the future holds for her.”
Being a multi-sport athlete can be difficult for some underclassmen to adjust to, but Miller has been able to adapt well, as she also plays volleyball. Miller uses the work ethic from the volleyball court and track and field to transfer into her everyday life.
While this wasn’t her first time to compete at the state meet, there were more of her teammates that went this year with her, which helped her overall mindset.
“My experience in state was definitely a lot different from last year because this year we were able to take a whole girls’ team instead of just coming as an individual,” Miller said.
“Going as a team helped me keep my head on straight during all of my events because I knew that the higher of place I received meant more points for the team.”
Having her teammates help improve her mindset was very beneficial. When the time came to compete in Jefferson City, she even surprised herself with how well she performed.
“Honestly walking into the state neet it didn’t even cross my mind that I could walk out with the title. The moment that I won it all felt surreal and I couldn’t really process what had just happened. There was so much love coming from all my teammates, coaches and all of our parents from the stands,” she said.
— Tanner Cobb