GALION — After winning a state title in the 100-meter hurdles, Galion’s Kerrigan Myers kept on running.
Just a few days later, she took part in the New Balance National Outdoors meet in Greensboro North Carolina, competing in the Emerging Elite class. And, on Friday, June 14, she finished in third overall in the 100 hurdles in 13.94 seconds, bettering her Ohio state meet time of 14.10 seconds.
“To qualify for Indoor or Outdoor Nationals, you have to run the required times or faster,” Kerrigan said. “There are two separate divisions; Emerging Elite or Championship. I qualified for the championship league for the hurdles, but I had (Galion head track coach) Todd Roston put me in Emerging Elite since I had qualified there in high jump.”
It’s a tough schedule.
“Throughout your whole season, you need to push yourself beyond your ability,” she said. “You need to have mental toughness. If you don’t, you aren’t going to be able to keep going. You’re going to want to quit and give up. That is not the case for me. If I want something, I’m going to go and get it. I’ll push myself no matter how much I want to quit.”
She also sold Crossroads candles to help pay for the National Outdoors.
But now that her junior season is over, she’s prepping for her senior year at GHS.
“In the summer, I go to lifting for volleyball in the morning as Coach (Jaime) Valentine has a workout that consists of six separate stations,” she said. “Each station has about three different workouts with three sets of 25. After that, we end up running whatever coach has us run, whether it’s bleachers, a mile or some type of acceleration drills.”
Plus she has a lot of goals still to reach.
“I want to defend my state championship in the hurdles while also eyeing the state record in Division II,” she said. “I’d like to place at Nationals next season in the hurdles in both the indoor and outdoor events and defend my indoor state championship in the high jump. I’d also like to win the indoor state meet in the hurdles as well as qualify for all four of my events in next season’s state outdoor meet. Ultimately, I’m going after the Galion High School record in the high jump.”
And then she’s looking at college, adding that several, including Cleveland State, Nebraska, Michigan State and others, have shown an interest in her.
Myers receives support and inspiration from family, coaches and teammates, but mostly she is pushed by competitors.
“I’m inspired by the competition,” she said. “I watch other athletes times on MileSplit and I try to run faster than what they’re running. I’m also inspired by my coaches. They saw the potential I had and they took every opportunity to make me the best athlete that I possibly could be. They treat me like I’m family and it’s just a great environment for me to be around.
“I want to give a huge thank you to my family, coaches and teammates. I couldn’t have done any of this without them and they’ve all had a hand in helping shape me into the athlete I’ve become. I’m eternally grateful!”