MileSplit LA FAQ: St. Joseph's Kennedy Papillion!

In this week's MileSplit LA FAQ, we feature St. Joseph Academy's sophomore high jumper Kennedy Papillion, who tied for first at Saturday's McNeese Indoor No. 2 Meet with a jump of 5-2. Papillion is ranked No. 4 in Louisiana, and is ranked No. 32 in the nation among sophomore girls. 

MileSplit LA: How did you get involved in track and field?

Papillion: I started running cross country and track in 4th grade at Sacred Heart.

MileSplit LA: What is your favorite event? 

Papillion: I love the high jump!

MileSplit LA: What accomplishment/meet/performance are you most proud of?

Papillion: I am most proud of placing 4th in the country and obtaining All-American in high jump at the USATF National Jr Olympics in Eugene, Oregon in July 2023.

MileSplit LA: What is the main thing your coach has done to help you become the best that you can be?

Papillion: My coach has shown me videos with frame by frame to help me see what I need to work on to become better. 

MileSplit LA: How has your family supported you during your track and field career?

Papillion: My mom and dad makes sure I have the best training and resources needed to be successful. They also travel (in and out of state) to all my track meets.

MileSplit LA: What is your favorite event and why is it your favorite?

Papillion: High jump because I have fun with it.

MileSplit LA: What are your goals for this season?

Papillion: My goals are to get under a minute in the 400m and place at both indoor and outdoor state meets as a sophomore.

MileSplit LA: If you could change one thing about track and field, what would it be?

Papillion: The regions in high school for qualifying for outdoor state meet.  They should take the overall top instead of overall by region.

MileSplit LA: If you could take one characteristic of one of your teammates, what would it be and why?

Papillion: One of my teammates trains very hard and she is getting stronger. I love her  perseverance.

MileSplit LA: Is there a competitor you love competing against more than others? Who is it, and what is it about competing against them?

Papillion: I love competing against the kids in Texas clubs because they are hard competitors and pushes me to get a PR.

MileSplit LA: What is your favorite meet and why is it your favorite? 

Papillion: love the USATF National Jr. Olympics because you are competing against teens from all over the country.


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