By Tim Armstrong
Larkin Chapman, daughter of Dan Chapman and Betty Collins, and a former Muscatine High School cross country and track athlete is currently competing for the Iowa State Cyclones.
Academically she has a double major in French and anthropology, with a minor in Russian. She believes her collegiate studies are easier than high school, because one is more engaged and the coursework is more challenging. Her advice to high school seniors is to learn how to study.
As a freshmen, Larkin was required to attend study tables at the Student/Athlete Athletic Center where tutors were available, a way to ensure success academically. Larkin is planning to enroll in graduate school with her post education goal to be a college professor teaching archaeology, possibly overseas depending on job availability.
In her years at Muscatine High School, Larkin was a three-time state qualifier in cross country, state champion in the 400 meter dash, and a school record holder in six track and field events. Her accomplishments at ISU include two indoor Big 12 championships the 1000 meter run, and the Distance Medley Relay, a member of the 2018 NCAA National Championship Division I qualifying team, and Drake Relays champion in the 4×800 Relay.
Larkin said the biggest differences between high school and collegiate running are the increase in intensity and volume. She also adds injury, fatigue, and nutrition affects one’s training and performance. You also compete with and against those who are at a high level of fitness every day.
Her fondest memories include the close relationships with her teammates and coaches. Josh Falk, Becca Sund, and Tim Armstrong were those fortunate enough to have coached Larkin. She also mentioned Coach Armstrong’s bright pink sweatsuit.
Larkin soon competes in the NCAA Division I Championships in Stillwater, Oklahoma with hopes of advancing to the National Championships in Terra Haute.