Audrianna Morgan keeps finding ways to push herself.
This past school year, the Centennial junior did it by competing in four sports — volleyball, cross country, basketball and track.
But the latter is where her self-motivation shows the biggest returns. Morgan won three medals at the Class 3A state meet, including her third straight gold medal in the 100 meters, to earn The Oklahoman's Little All-City Girls Track Athlete of the Year.
“She has God-given talent, and you don't have to do much as a coach,” said Centennial track coach Taffy Harman. “She has a great work ethic. She brings others up around her.
“The relay team probably wouldn't have existed if it hadn't been for Audrianna pushing them to do it. It's just a joy to coach her.”
Morgan admits being a four-sport athlete isn't easy, especially with volleyball and cross country overlapping in the fall.
“It was challenging,” she said. “I was trying to keep myself in shape. Fall was the toughest, because cross country is very much a mental sport, and it drains you. Trying to practice that and volleyball at the same time — whew!”
Morgan wants to focus on track for her senior year, but she might stick with volleyball and cross country in the fall. Track is still her main focus, though, especially with the looming opportunity to earn a college scholarship in the next year.
“Track is definitely her college objective, and the coaching staff is doing everything we can to help her with that,” Harman said. “She's a great student, and just an all-around great kid.”
Morgan has posted times in the low 12-second range in the 100, and has gone below 26 seconds in the 200.
She was on the 400-meter relay team that finished fifth at state, and Centennial's 800 relay could have contended for gold, but was disqualified for a bad handoff.
Morgan was looking for her third straight gold medal in the individual 200 as well, but came in second behind Okmulgee's Brittany Stallings.
And for a self-motivated athlete, nothing pushes them harder than defeat.
“I was sad,” Morgan said. “But I'll get it next year.”