Photo by Andrew Kicinski
One of the five state meet records from the Group AA State Championships broken last weekend at Liberty University was one of the oldest since the re-start of an indoor state championship for the mid-size schools in Virginia at the start of the century. With a US #6 time of 1:15.34, John Handley senior Britani Myers broke a 10 year old meet record with her second consecutive indoor 500 meter state title. Myers had started out in her freshmen year as an All-State cross country and 1000 meter indoor distance runner. But after giving up distance running and cross country after the fall of her sophomore year, Myers shifted her focus to shorter races on the track and developed her speed as a member of a state record breaking 4x400 meter relay at John Handley in the 2010 outdoor season. She went from being trained by a distance coach as a freshmen to a sprints coach as a sophomore and junior then now finds herself working with a middle-distance coach as a senior. A state runner-up in the 400 meter dash last outdoor season, Myers will still be running a few quarter mile races this spring, but as she prepares for a collegiate career at Virginia Tech, the 800 meter run looks to be her primary race with a goal of running a time near 2:10. MileStat.com interviewed the two-time Group AA state 500 meter champion Myers fresh off her US top 10 performance in Lynchburg last Saturday.