It hasn't been a good run, it's been a great run for Megan Campbell, Wellington senior, who's high school track career concluded with a couple of championship runs in the 100 and 200 meter dashes.
The show started early for Campbell on Saturday, May 25, at 8:30 a.m. she ran a 12.00, the fasted time in the State, to qualify for the 4A Girls 100 Meter Dash Finals later in the day. She duplicated her prelim time, to take the title. Her second 12-flat was just .09 faster than Devin Cosper, junior, from Coffeyville who placed second.
Competitors in Campbell's races were put on notice during day one of the Kansas State High School Activities Association track meet on May 24. Her time in the 4A Girls 200 Meter Dash Prelim, 25.82 was actually faster than what she would run to win the State Championship, which took place nearly a full 24 hours after the preliminary race.
At 6 p.m., the 200 meter finals were underway. Campbell unleashed down the straightaway, and leaned over the finish line just past Sierra Smith, freshmen, from Atchinson. The champ ran a 26.34, Smith ran a 26.43.
Campbell also ran the anchor for the WHS girls in the 4A 4x400 Meter Relay. The relay team had qualified for fifth place, but finished third. Dietra Sober, freshman, ran the race for WHS in the qualifying rounds. The order was switched around, with the addition of Campbell. The lead-off on Saturday was Cabreil Roe, sophomore, then Leah Nelson, sophomore, followed by Holly Wright, junior, who handed it off to Campbell.
The WHS Girls 4x100 Meter Relay took fifth place in 4A, a team made up of Miach Rogers, junior, Campbell, Sober, and Wright.
Individually, Wright took home sixth place in 4A Girls High Jump, and seventh in the 4A Girls 100 Meter Hurdles.
It was a good two days for WHS at Wichita State University's Cessna Stadium, coming back home with a two-time State Champion.
"It's pretty neat," Campbell said. "I couldn't pick a better way to go out my senior year." A year that's been full of gold medals for the senior, who took a lot away from her past experience at the State Track Meet. As a junior, Campbell placed fourth in both the events she now holds the title in.
"I think that really set the fuel on my fire for this year to come back and be a state champion," Campbell said. "I think it really benefited me to say I've been here, nerves weren't as big, and I was able to relax, and run my race, and it worked out for me today." The big day at WSU won't be her last, as Campbell has signed on to attend the school next year, and compete for the Shocker Track and Field team.
Campbell holds multiple WHS records, and said the two championships she won today was the culmination of a lot of hard work paying off from her, her teammates and coaches. "It's been really fun," she said. "We worked really hard to be here, I feel very, very blessed to get to run and do something I love."