WICHITA, Kan.—Senior Tina Liu is about to enter her final high school track season with goals of not only breaking school records, but state records as well, and preparing for her track season at Brown University next year.
Liu has been running track for seven years now, starting in sixth grade.
“I don’t know, I just did [join track], I was in sixth grade and it was an elective, and it was the popular elective at the time, so I joined.” Liu said, “I started triple jump in seventh grade, then in eighth grade I got better at it and I actually started to enjoy track, too.”
“So, I decided to do it in high school.” Liu added.
Liu went on to medal in nearly every event she entered in at the state track meet, beginning her freshman year. Last season, her junior year, she received first in triple jump, third in long jump, second in the 100 meter dash (only to lose barely to her teammate, Imani Fenner) and was the anchor for the 4x100
meter relay which was awarded third.
“My entire junior year was a pretty big achievement,” said Liu, “because if you compare me to how I performed sophomore year, it was a big jump overall.”
Liu’s long term goals for this upcoming season are to jump over 40-feet in triple jump, get under 12 seconds for the 100 meter, and break the state record in the 4x100 meter with her team.
Liu is running for Brown University next year and hopes to compete in the 100 meter dash, triple jump, and the sprint relays.
“I want to do it in college because I love running and jumping.” Liu said.