Brusly sprinter Ta’la Spates is the defending state champion in the indoor Division II 400-meter dash, but that has not stopped her from being hungry for more.

Spates posted a winning time of 57.35 seconds at the high school qualifier meet at LSU’s Carl Maddox Fieldhouse earlier this month.

“She’s trying to reach certain goals this year,” said Brusly track coach Trent Ellis.

Spates has already set a personal record in her signature event, the 400 meter dash this year. 

Ellis attributed part Spates’ success during the indoor season to a change in her training regiment.

“She stayed in base mode a little bit longer, went into longer running for a longer period of time,” Ellis said. “We worked on more speed and endurance.”

Spates’s performance at the qualifier has her taking aim at the Division II meet record time of 57.96, which was set in 2015.

Spates looks to defend her crown at the LHSAA indoor championship meet Feb. 16, also at the Carl Maddox Fieldhouse.



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