MURRAY— In just three years at Murray High, Keagin Brooks’ extensive track and field accomplishments have placed her in rarified air, but she still has plenty more to give.
Track and field coach Jared Rosa nominated Brooks for Athlete of the Year at Murray High for obvious reasons. Helping the Tigers to 10th place this past season at the KHSAA state track meet, Brooks won a state championship in discus, placed second in shot up and finished third in the long jump.
Even as a sophomore, Brooks managed to finish in the top-six in the four events she competed in at the state meet in 2018.
“Keagin works tirelessly to perfect her craft,” Rosa said. “She runs, throws and jumps for Murray High. She qualified for all four events for state, and given the opportunity, she could have been in more. Keagin was a captain this year as a junior and led by example. She often times would score 30 plus points in meets throughout the year by herself.”
Yet despite her most recent success in field events, Brooks is quick to deflect any recognition of her own achievements to her team as a whole.
“My favorite moment from this last season wasn’t winning the state championship title in the discus, it was watching my teammates overcome their weaknesses, adapting to situations, and overall coming together and supporting one another.”
Supporting one another ultimately worked well for the Lady Tigers last season, as they rode a stellar performance from Brooks (three first-place finishes) to coast to their 10th-straight regional title. Although she seemingly makes it look effortless, Brooks has dedicated a tremendous amount of fortitude to arrive at this point.
“Since my freshman season I have most improved mentally, and in track your mind is your worst enemy,” Brooks said. “I always got down on myself if I didn’t break my personal record every time and I learned you can’t think that way. This season I had to focus in a believe that I could accomplish anything that I wanted even if that meant getting worse before getting better.”
That mentality has certainly paid off, even through some uncertainty last season. Brooks spent half of the track and field season sidelined with an injury, but her perseverance and dedication to her craft helped propel her back to a competitive level.
“The past year took a lot of work I was out for half of the track season with a shoulder injury which was very hard for me, because I love to compete,” Brooks said. “I really had to focus in with coach Debella, who I owe my win in the discus to.”
With one year remaining with the Lady Tigers, Brooks is laser focused on her next milestones. She hopes to surpass the current shot put and discus records, and even secure a double win at state in both.
Ultimately, Brooks hopes to parlay her talents to a track and field scholarship with the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and if she continues on the path she’s on, she just might do it.