MANHATTAN – Records are meant to be broken. At least they are if you’re Manhattan’s Alexa Arthun.
The senior just beat her own school records this early track season in the pole vault and long jump, and she isn’t planning on stopping there.
“Iv’e been really close to our 100 hurdle record and that’s also a Class B record for the 100 hurdles in general,” said Arthun. “So if I can break that, that would be amazing. I’ve kind of always looked up to that, and even with long jump and finally getting that, just keep getting farther and hopefully maybe surpassing the all-class mark. But, I mean, it’s just a process so we’ll see.”
That process is without a doubt working, but still every meet is a challenge Arthun is focusing on overcoming.
“On the runway and stuff I definitely have different modes where I get super excited and my run will be an extra foot longer,” the senior added. “So I really just need to put my full effort in the run from the beginning and not on my last jump so I’m consistent all the time.”
With all Arthun’s success, running track at the next level is really a no-brainer. But she is actually looking for somthing just a little bit more from her college experience.
“I got my letter of intent for the Air Force Academy and they just basically have to wait for the board’s approval for me to get straight through. So hopefully that works out, that’s my goal,” Arthun said. “I wanted something more, something more challenging that will kind of set me more apart from the typical college experience. And when I started looking to the military academy that was exactly what I was looking for: the extra adrenalin for everything you do, serving your country. It’s just an amazing opportunity. I love every part of it.”
With Arthun’s drive and talent, amazing opportunities likely won’t be hard to find.