The road to a state championship is filled with ups and downs. For Markita Swanagan, the journey paid off.

The recent graduate of Leavenworth High School finished her high school career on top as the gold medalist in discus and shot put at the 5A level. Despite the top performance, Swanagan is not boastful.

“I am not a bragger or boaster when it comes to winning,” Swanagan said. 

The athlete may be humble, but she is still a talented individual. But looking at her family, it makes sense.

Both of Swanagan’s parents were track and field athletes, including her mom, who was an all-American in college and an older sister currently on the Western Illinois track and field team. Track and field runs in the family so Swanagan said she did not have a choice and started in the seventh grade. Other than track, the young athlete also participated in basketball, volleyball and golf. 

Track was the favorite though because it was less running. When she is not playing sports, she always loves to cook.

Swanagan will follow in the family footsteps by continuing her track career in college at Coffeyville Community College. 

Before Swanagan goes to Coffeyville, she will prep one more time as a representative of Leavenworth High School in the upcoming Missouri/Kansas All-Star Meet in Grain Valley on June 13. Swanagan is looking forward to college though. Especially the flexible schedule.

“Not having eight hours of school will be nice,” Swanagan said.  

Swanagan’s eventual goal is to major in liberal arts. After track, the goal is a career as a translator for languages like Korean.