PREP TRACK

Morton's Brigham has carried her talents to her third high school in three years

2014-05-05T20:12:00Z 2014-05-05T23:20:18Z Morton's Brigham has carried her talents to her third high school in three yearsDavid P. Funk Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
May 05, 2014 8:12 pm  • 

HAMMOND | Monica Brigham is a traveler, having spent time at three high schools and on three track teams in three years.

The Morton senior spent her freshman and sophomore seasons at Argo High School in Summit, Ill. Last year, she was at Gavit.

"It's stressful, having to make new friends and get used to a new environment," she said. "But it's also great because you get to meet new people."

Brigham holds the Gavit program records in the high jump, shot put and discus. She owns Great Lakes Athletic Conference meet records in both throws and set the high jump record at Wheeler's Bearcat Invitational earlier this season. She was a regional qualifier in both the shot put and discus a year ago.

"Competing in three field events is extremely difficult because it usually has you sprinting back and forth across the field to participate, and you have to change your focus and concentration on technique for each one," Governors coach Marie Herring said. "I am just amazed as to how well she handles the mental and physical stress involved during the competition phase and how successful she has been in competing in all three at the same time during a meet."

Brigham's personal bests are 118 feet, 10 inches in the discus, 35-2 in the shot put and 4-10 in the high jump.

"She is a very explosive athlete, she possesses great lower- and upper-body strength along with speed and a good vertical leap," Herring said. "Her stature provides her with great levers for all three events. She has even (run) in a few sprint races and holds her own pretty well."

Disc is her favorite, and perhaps best, event.

"I just like to see it fly," Brigham said. "I get further trying to push myself more and more (in discus than in other events)."

Brigham hopes to attend a local college and study sports fitness as part of the track team. Purdue Calumet and Calumet College have contacted her. She wants to be an athletic trainer.

"I feel like I can help others when they need help," she said. "I've always had an interest in that."

But first, she's got a few more weeks to reach her goals of 130 feet in the discus and 38 feet in the shot put in an attempt to reach her ultimate objective: qualifying for the state meet.

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