TACOMA - Sehome senior Brianna Keane couldn't see her father in the mass of humanity surrounding the track at Mount Tahoma High School.
But she definitely picked his voice out of all the screams as she neared the finish of the girls' 800 at the Class 2A State Track and Field Championships on Saturday, May 25.
"My dad was at the 200-meter mark," Keane said. "I heard him - obviously I didn't see him, but I heard him. I heard him yell, 'Brianna, you put all this work into it, go now!' So I was like, 'Let's do it.'"
And she did.
Keane used the motivation to push it the final 250 meters and pull out a victory with a time of 2 minutes, 15.63 seconds. Archbishop Murphy's Kristi Bartz finished second in 2:16.25.
After qualifying for the final with the second-fastest time in the preliminaries on Friday, May 24, Keane promised she had a little more left in the tank, and she certainly proved it.
But early on, she was willing to pace herself and get a feel for the race.
"I didn't know if the girls were going to take it out quick," Keane said. "I knew I wasn't going to lead from the start. Whatever they did, I was just going to work it out. I just run my own race."
And after hearing the encouraging words from her father, she decided it was time to give it everything she had.
"I was really nervous before this race today, but nice to have an official title," Keane said.
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