An Oblong High School athlete recently became the first in school history to sign with a Division I school for track.
OHS senior Shyanna Chapman signed her letter-of-intent to continue her track career at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tenn.
Chapman, who has excelled at shot put and discus throughout her high school and junior high careers, will continue to throw at Austin Peay and is looking forward to the opportunity.
"I have basically spent every summer practicing all day long for the past six years and now it has paid off," Chapman said. "I used to play other sports when I was younger, but I stopped so I could focus on getting better in track. Once I went to state my eighth grade year and I started working with (USATF coach) Damien Kalvar, I realized this is what I wanted to do in college."
Chapman holds pretty much every record there is to hold at Oblong, including the discus record she broke first as a freshman, then has improved on that mark every year since.
Discus is her bread and butter, having finished third at state as an eighth grader and 10th at state as a junior, while also being a three-time Little Okaw Valley Conference champion.
In addititon, Chapman competed at the USATF Outdoor National Junior Olympics and competed in discus, hammer throw and javelin and was ranked nationally after competing in events in Florida, Kansas and North Carolina.
"She's put in a lot of time and effort and has done a really good job for us," OHS track coach Travis Reider said. "She has a chance to be one medal stand for discus this spring and I hope she can get to that point. I also wish her the best of luck once she goes on to college."
Chapman, who also sports a 3.5 GPA in the classroom and is Senior Class President, chose Austin Peay after considering several other schools, including Eastern Illinois, Murray State and Missouri Southern.
"They have a high-quality criminology program and it is located right outside of Nashville," Chapman said. "They are a good school and the opportunities living near a big city presents is exciting. I'm really looking forward to it."
Her new coach is also looking forward to utilizing Chapman's skillset to help enhance their program.
"Shyanna will be a tremendous addition to the track and field program and will help build a better throwing tradition at APSU," Austin Peay Throws coach Jason Walker said.
Chapman is also looking forward to the opportunity to continue to develop her skills and become the best she can be.
"I want to break all the school records and score in our conference meet," Chapman said. "But, the biggest thing is I just want to continue to get better."