Decorated Duchesne Athlete Ends Successful Track and Field Career as State Champion
Kailey Strozier '18 won first place at the TAPPS State Track and Field meet, capping off a high school career that has included competing in the Junior Olympics.
Kailey Strozier '18 began her track and field career when she was a sixth grader at Duchesne during P.E. class. A teacher urged her to pick up the shot put and try it. Since that first throw, she's developed into one of Duchesne's strongest athletes whose accolades include winning a State championship and competing at the Junior Olympics, all while maintaining a high GPA that earned her membership in the National Honor Society and academic all-state honors.
During her athletic career at Duchesne, she earned more than 50 medals in shot put and discus while competing on the track and field team. But being the State champion during her senior year was especially exciting. She won the event with a throw of 35' 10.75."
"I was really excited to win first place my senior year," said Strozier. "I expected to win the gold medal the previous year, but instead I brought home the silver medal falling short of my goal by two feet, so I was determined to win the gold medal during my senior year. So, it was very exciting to get to finish the season and my high school track career with as a State Champ."
At the State meet, Strozier's Duchesne teammates also performed well. Senior Evan Rolfe took home a bronze medal in the high jump, and senior Alyssia Ewing also earned a bronze medal for her finish in discus. Bridget Klenke, a sophomore, finished just off the podium with fourth place in the pole vault.
Strozier competed in the TAPPS Regional Meet all four years of her high school career, and she placed first in Regionals during her junior and senior year. In addition, Strozier earned first place in her district along with the two back-to-back medals at State.
"Kailey has been working towards this goal since her freshman year at Duchesne," said Athletic Director Rob Bagley. "Her unrelenting work ethic and focus made this possible. We look forward to her continued success at the next level."
Outside of Duchesne, Strozier has competed for the AAU Junior Olympics and the USATF Junior Olympics. Meets for those competitions have taken her across the country where she's faced off against top high school athletes.
Strozier is mentored by Rose Brimmer, who also works with Michelle Carter, the shot put Olympic Champion. When Carter won gold at the Rio Olympic Games in 2016, she became the first female American athlete to win the event since the women's competition began in 1948.
"I look up to Michelle Carter because she's a female who is very successful in my event, which is thought to be masculine in some people's opinions," said Strozier. "She's intelligent, strong, hard-working, and dedicated to the sport. Michelle Carter is also very competitive and strives to be the best in her event, which reminds me of myself."
After she graduates from Duchesne, Strozier will head to Howard University in Washington, D.C. this fall. She plans to compete on the school's track and field team which is coached by Olympic bronze medalist David Oliver.