Independence’s Bria Halama looking to leap toward history

Bria Halama has always had high expectations for herself.

“She has an inner-motivation that is extremely rare,” says Independence/Gilmanton Head Coach Scott McConnell.

The 3-sport athlete has been an all-conference performer in basketball and volleyball at Independence High School,
but Halama’s heart has always belonged to track and Field.

Ironically, it’s because she enjoys the “independence.”

“It’s just you and the track,” says Halama. ” I love that feeling of it’s just you.”

The ultra-motivated University of Minnesota recruit won the Division 3 state title in the 400 meter dash as a
Junior.

More impressively, ever since she was a freshman, it’s been “just her” winning gold medals in the Division 3 triple
jump.

“I’ve been really excited for this year, I’ve made a lot of goals for myself,” says Halama. “I know there’s that
pressure there to repeat, but I’ve just been taking it one meet at a time and just focusing on getting better.”

If the Indee senior makes it a 4-year sweep of State Championships in the triple jump, she will be just the 17th
athlete to pull that off in any event in the State Meet’s 116 year existence history.

That would be enough of a goal for Halama, but she keeps aiming higher.

“I’m really looking to get that Triple jump state record,” says Halama who has already surpassed the record but not
at State. “That would be the best thing my senior year.”

When asked Halama doesn’t hesitate to recall the record of 37′ 3″ recorded in 1986.

It’s no surprise she’s able to recall that kind of information. With a 3.77 GPA and a long list of co-curricular
activities, Halama added Scholar Athlete to an already stellar list of accomplishments.

“It’s really not a complete surprise to me that she does as well in school as she does on the track,” says
McConnell. “The mentality she brings to achievement is really the same. It’s a direct result of the mentality that she
has towards bettering herself and maximizing her potential.”

That inner-motivation and mental makeup should help Halama overcome the hurdles of high expectations she will face
at the State Tournament in June. And she will take that with her as she leaps from little Independence, WI to the Big
Ten next year.