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Permian track star realized dream of making state meet

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Posted: Sunday, May 20, 2018 12:00 am

When Calyha Brown graduates from Permian High School, she will have etched her name into the school’s history books.

Brown, a four-year letterman on the track and field team, has been a true leader and inspiration for her teammates.

She qualified for state in the discus her senior year. It had been a lifelong goal for her to get an opportunity to compete on the grand stage in Austin.

Brown ranks ninth in her class. She has maintained a 4.0 GPA, while also earning 45 dual credit hours. She recently announced her commitment to Prairie View A&M, where she plans on continuing her track career and majoring in psychology.

“Being a Lady Panther means responsibility and leadership and having fun most of the time, and working hard,” Brown said. “I take pride in being a Panther.

“I know we have hard-working girls, and it just means a lot to me that I’m setting the step for them.”

In addition to being a four-year regional qualifier, Brown shattered shot put records at the West Texas Relays in Odessa and the San Angelo Relays.

Brown became the first Lady Panther to qualify for state in track since Miah Nelson punched her ticket in the 800-meter run in 2012. Brown is the ideal student athlete that every coach dreams of.

Brown’s qualifying mark of 139 feet, 11 inches in the discus ranked fifth in Class 6A. She ended up fourth with a throw of 139-9 at Mike A. Myers Stadium at the University of Texas.

“Last year, as a junior, she motivated the girls. She was always there to lend a helping hand after she was done with her events,” Permian throwers coach Macee Lane said. “She was the first one out by the track, yelling, cheering them on.

“I think that’s part of her success as well is that she was such a motivator to them that it kind of carried into her events as well. Her impact has been huge. She’s definitely left her mark for the years to come.”

“I think Calyha’s the total package, not only as a student or an athlete, but a student athlete,” Permian head girls track coach Hilberto Ochoa said. “She’s popular for the right reasons, (in) which she’s very kind, works hard. It’s kind of not hard to not look up to her.

“It’s almost like having another coach there. She’s somebody, of course, that’s a senior that knows how to take charge. It’s always good to have that senior leadership. She’s very meticulous. She’s left that behind for the juniors to look at.”

Brown also competed in powerlifting, where she holds the Region I-6A and District 2-6A records.

Brown has aspirations to earn her PhD and become a professor in psychology. She plans on being an educational leader, role model and inspiration to children.

“I’ve noticed that in the education system, there are a lot of teachers who spend their time being educators and they care about their students most of the time,” Brown said. “I want to be an educator for all children, but I want to touch children that were raised in environments where they were always told they were going to be a statistic.

“I want to help those kinds of students and just teach them that education can be a way out as long as you have a passion for it. I want to give back to my community as well in any way I can.”

Brown has been competing in track since she was 12 years old. Two constant themes that have helped her succeed have been passion and all her supporters.

“Passion and all the little eyes watching me,” she said. “Through track you can do a whole bunch of things, but also through your education — it opens way more doors than athletics.

“I have a passion for what I do.”

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