Posted: Friday, 05 July 2013 5:52PM

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What’s it like being the only Mormon at Spokane High School?

Well, it’s a conversation starter for sure.

“I’ll go out with my friends and they’ll go, ‘She does this, she does that, and oh, Kailey over there, she’s a Mormon,” said Spokane track and field star Kailey Chapman.

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The senior-to-be at Spokane doesn’t shy away from her faith.

“I like it because it’s something unique,” Chapman said. “I’m the only Mormon at Spokane. I get asked almost every day about my faith. People want to know what I do, my standards and all that. Some are like, ‘Oh, well you can’t drink.’ I’m OK with that.”

Chapman said her faith is a big part of her life and “motivates” her in everything she does, which includes Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), National Honor Society (NHS), volleyball and cheerleading.

Chapman added another accomplishment to her loaded resumé this spring: State champion hurdler. She edged Stockton senior Emilyn Dearman by .32 seconds to take first in the 300m hurdles.

Entering state, Dearman had beaten Chapman in sectionals and districts.

“I knew her strengths and I knew what my strengths were,” Chapman said. “I knew what I needed to do win at state. But I had to put in the training first, and I was able to train and go on to win.”

Chapman’s strategy didn’t change. She thought she had the better “kick” and could go ahead of Dearman in the final stretch. That method failed at districts and sectionals, but Chapman timed it right at state and went ahead of Dearman at the final hurdle before the finish line.

“We’re Facebook friends so I know her pretty well,” Chapman said. “We’ll talk before a race. But once it starts, we’re both competitors. We want to win.”

Chapman earned all-state honors (top 8 finish) in three other events that weekend: 100m hurdles, 100m dash and 200m dash.

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She’s invested more time into the sport over the last two years, even joining the Springfield Track Club, which features the best of the best in the area.

But if you had asked her three years ago, Chapman figured she’d be spending most of her time with another sport.

“I always thought it would be volleyball that I’d play in college,” Chapman said. “I don’t why I did… I just always thought of myself as a volleyball player since middle school. I had more confidence in volleyball.

“It wasn’t until recently that I started putting more time into track.”

Chapman said she’d prefer to attend a Mormon school in Utah, such as BYU or Utah State. The biggest priority, though, will be attempting to gain a scholarship – to any school.

Getting to know Kailey Chapman
Favorite athlete(s): Lolo Jones and Jimmer Fredette
Favorite team: BYU
Prerun superstition: I always have a braid in my hair
Most disliked athlete: If they’re college or pro, they must be pretty good, so I don’t think I can hate them.
Favorite movie: Remember the Titans
Favorite musical artist: Brendan James
Favorite actor: Adam Sandler
Favorite athletic memory:  Winning state in 300m hurdles
Song on your iPod most people would not expect: Tootise Roll
Hidden talent: It’s not a talent, but I have two fake teeth

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