The Big 12 Indoor Championships took place over the weekend of Februrary 23. Chapman competed for Iowa State University.
Chapman wins at Big 12 championship
By Alex Foultz
Muscatine native Larkin Chapman won in two events at the recent Big 12 championships.
Chapman, a sophomore at ISU, competed in the women’s distance medley relay and the 1,000 meter run. Her teammates for the distance medley relay included junior Erinn Stenman-Fahey, junior Emma Whigham, and junior Jasmine Staebler. The team took the championship with a time of 11 minutes and 15.73 seconds. Chapman ran the 800 meter leg of the race.
Chapman also took the championship in the 1,000 meter run. She beat her personal record with a time of 2:45.55. This time is also the second best in Iowa State University history. This time also allowed her to narrowly defeat her teammate Stenman-Fahey, who had a time of 2:46.18, for the championship.
“I’m pretty happy with it because last year was pretty rough. I wasn’t able to get a personal best last year at all. This year I worked really hard, and was able to get a personal best in several different races,” Chapman said of this year’s indoor track season.
Chapman has been competing in track since 6th grade. She plans to continue to run for Iowa State University in track and cross country.
Chapman said that the less-than-stellar previous year gave her motivation to do her best this year. She stated that some people had claimed it was a “breakthrough” season.
“I’ve always expected it of myself, to run as fast as I am now. I don’t know if I’d call it a breakthrough season, but it was a great season,” Chapman stated.
This season has encouraged Chapman for the upcoming outdoor track and cross country seasons. Chapman also has some words of encouragement for those in high school looking to run for their college.
“Never get discouraged. College running is very difficult. It can often be discouraging, as well as very physically demanding and mentally demanding as well. Keep working hard and put your nose to it and good things will happen,” Chapman encourages.
Chapman has two years until graduation from Iowa State University. The Muscatine native will no doubt continue to make her hometown proud.