Last year Frankfort High’s Shantiqa Shaw went to the KHSAA State Track and Field Championships in one event — the 100-meter hurdles.
After concluding a standout high school soccer career last fall, Shaw — known as “Tika” by her family and friends — signed a soccer scholarship with the University of Pikeville.
That didn’t mean track was relegated to second-class status.
Shaw will cap off her senior year Saturday in the Class 1A state meet by competing in four events — the 100 and 300-meter hurdles, the 100-meter dash and the long jump.
“I’ve put a lot of work in,” Shaw said. “You want to have a great senior year, and I’ve been doing what I can do. You’ve got to be remembered your senior year.”
Shaw never considered not running this spring.
“I love track too much to not do it,” she said.
Shaw has had a stellar senior season, winning both hurdle events and finishing second in the 100-meter dash at the regional meet two weeks ago.
She placed third in the long jump with a jump of 15 feet, 5 inches, good enough to earn an at-large berth in the event at state.
“I think my favorite event is the 300 hurdles,” Shaw said. “You get more running time to get your speed up. It takes heart and endurance to finish that race.”
Shaw is looking to run a time of 47 seconds in the 300 Saturday. She thought she might get that at the regional meet, but she finished with a time of 50.1 seconds.
“It was the second to last hurdle,” she said. “My steps were wrong, and I stopped and looked at it, and I just hopped over it. It was a big mistake I should never have made, but live and learn.
“I want to get to be on the podium even if I don’t get first,” Shaw said about the state meet, where the top eight in each event receive medals.
“The 100 hurdles, it’s a little iffy. Most runners do three steps (between hurdles), but I’m so short I have to do five.”
The running events are the ones that have Shaw’s attention heading into the state meet.
“I wasn’t really excited,” she said about finding out she’d qualified in the long jump. “I wanted to focus on the events I’d already qualified in. It’s always good to have another event, but I’ll be more focused on my other events.”
Shaw, who’s been competing in track since the seventh grade, doesn’t have any current plans to run at Pikeville.
“I wouldn’t say I’m sad the season’s about to be over,” she said. “If I want to run again I could check out the team at college.
“I am sad I won’t have the coach (Ed Fields) I have now. He’s a pretty good man.”
Shaw’s first event Saturday will be the long jump at 9 a.m. She’ll run the 100 hurdles at 9:50, the 100-meter dash at 10:10 and the 300 hurdles at 11:50.
Also competing for FHS at the state meet will be junior Jalen Acree in the shot put at 9 a.m.