What’s left for Ky Westbrook after winning a gold medal?

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What is there left to prove after you’ve won a gold medal on the international stage?

That’s probably a good question for Ky Westbrook.  The high school sprinter just returned from the Ukraine with a gold medal in the 100-yard dash that she won at the IAAF World Youth Championships.

“This is definitely the best thing that has ever happened to me in my life,” she gushed in a post on Milesplit.

And now the senior at Chandler High School will begin to look ahead to her final year on the prep track and find a new set of goals that will keep her motivated until she can begin her college career.

Westbrook won the gold in the 100 at the IAAF Championships last week with the best time of her young career.  And she’s had a succession of personal-best times along the way that have set a variety of records.

She just keeps getting better:

11.68.  The time she posted as a sophomore in the 100 at the Sun Angel Classic when she broke the meet record.  She also won the event as a freshman in a time of 11.80.

11.65.  Her winning time as a sophomore at the Chandler Invitational.

11.47.  Her winning time as a junior set a meet record at the Chandler Invitational – and became the fastest time in the country at that point in the season.

11.45.  This time won the 100 dash at this year’s state championships and also ranks as No. 3 on the list of all-time fastest in the state in that event.

11.33.  The time she posted to win the IAAF gold medal.

11.31.  The time she has to beat to break the Arizona state record.

And that might partially answer the question of what goals are still out there for Westbrook, although she has also embarked on a program to become a heptathlete in college.  Mastering those seven events should keep her busy through her senior season.

However, let’s not lose sight of the fact that she is also just as dominant in the 200-yard run.  She has won state titles in both the 100 and 200 for each year in high school; she has never been beaten in state competition.  Her winning time of 23.39 in the 200 at this year’s state meet broke an Arizona record that stood for almost a decade.

She has already begun chipping away at the heptathlete events.  Last April she threw the shot put 47’9″ to win the event at the Chandler City Meet – a distance good enough to erase a mark that lasted for the past 33 years.

For her final year, she plans on competing in the long jump, high jump, and hurdles.

So it would appear after all that she will have little trouble finding new goals to chase.  Don’t expect this youngster to be just killing time until college arrives.

(Photo: Margot Kelly / Milesplit)