Girls High School Track: Basketball star Myers hopes to run hurdles at next level

2013-04-20T00:00:00Z Girls High School Track: Basketball star Myers hopes to run hurdles at next levelZack Rosenblatt Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
April 20, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Santa Rita's Briana Myers has a right to feel exhausted.

The three-sport athlete in volleyball, basketball and track and field is also on the Eagles' cheer team.

Myers, the Division II state runner-up in the 100-meter hurdles last year as a sophomore, finished second in the event Friday at the Mario Castro Invitational at Sunnyside High School with a time of 15.76 seconds.

She fell short of her personal best of 15.49 that she recorded at the Kiwanis Invitational on April 5.

"It was an OK race," Myers said about her Castro performance.

"I could have gone faster than that. I have to start attacking the hurdle more, be more aggressive going over it and getting my speed up in between each hurdle."

When track and field started this season, Santa Rita coach Kris Heavner also wanted Myers to raise the bar with her performances.

The 100-meter hurdles is her favorite event - "that's my baby," Myers said - but Heavner wanted her to add the 300 hurdles and 4x400 relay to her repertoire.

"Athlete-wise I've never seen anything like (her), pretty much, in my experience," said Heavner, a former Arizona Wildcats quarterback.

"She's a phenomenal athlete."

Myers, who also placed ninth in the 100-meter dash at last year's Division II state meet, comes from a family of basketball players and she's an all-state point guard for the Eagles.

But Myers said track and field is her favorite sport - and the junior wants to do whatever it takes to compete at the next level, even if it means running four events to help build endurance.

"It was definitely hard at first," Myers said. "I was really tired. But if it is going to get me to where I want to be, then that's what I need to do."

Ultimately, she wants to catch on with a Division I university and run on scholarship. So far, Myers said she has only heard from one college program, Lipscomb in Nashville, Tenn.

"We're kind of pushing her harder," Heavner said, "because it's not going to stop at the high school level for her.

"She's going to go on to college, earn her scholarship to further her education because of it."

Looking ahead, Myers is most concerned with what career path she will take.

So far, she's flip-flopped between becoming a pediatrician and an athletic trainer.

"I want to decide what I want to do and focus on that, so I can hit my goals," Myers said. "Going to school would be my major goal, I'd say."

As for track and field …

"I want to get first place in state," Myers said. "But winning's not enough. You have to beat your personal best. So, yeah, I want to hit a PR."

Complete results from Friday's Mario Castro Invitational / B9

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