GALION — Her trip to New York City for the New Balance Nationals turned into a misadventure, but the experience has served Galion’s Kerrigan Myers well.
The Richland Bank Athlete of the Week, Myers claimed a pair of gold medals at the 87th Mehock Relays over the weekend. She took first in the high jump with a leap of 5-feet and won the 100 meter hurdles in 14.51 seconds, helping the Tigers to a fifth-place finish in Richland County’s showcase event.
“The high jump was a little rough. I didn’t jump as good as I expected,” Myers said. “The hurdles went really well. I ran 14.5.”
The double-win capped an eventful stretch for the junior. She captured an indoor state title in the high jump (5-4) and took runner-up in the 60 hurdles (8.79). Her time in the hurdles was good enough to qualify for the New Balance Nationals, held at the Armory in New York City in early March.
“I did really well in my indoor season. I PRed (in the hurdles) every single meet,” she said. “Then I got to nationals and it didn’t go as well.”
Myers and her entourage got lost on the way to the Armory. She arrived just in time for her race.
“We were supposed to stay on the first train and we got onto another one,” Myers said. “When we got off, we were speed-walking all the way to the Armory and then we ended up running there, so that had to be my warm-up.
“I get to the Armory and I have to show them my bib number to show that I’m running. I put my spikes on and they’re calling for the girls to check in. So I go check in and I probably get two warm-ups in and one run-through in the hurdles and then they close the track.”
The New York mishap notwithstanding, the outdoor season has been an extension of her successful indoor campaign. She set a meet record in the 100 hurdles at the Shelby Invitational (14.77) then established a new PR of 14.32 early last week in a dual meet at Mount Gilead.
Myers qualified for the outdoor state meet in four events last spring. She placed sixth in the 100 hurdles (14.77) and was part of Galion’s seventh-place 4 x 100 relay team (49.72). She also made it to state in the 200 and the high jump.
“I’m a little ahead of schedule,” Myers said. “I am looking forward to the rest of the season.”