Kya Phillips And Mental Strength - An Interview

Personal Records

100m - 12.56

200m - 25.27

400m - 56.40

800m - 2:34.20

High Jump - 5-1

Long Jump - 15-1.25


MSHSL Record

2017 - 400 Meter Dash 1st Place; 200 Meter Dash 4th Place


Tell us a little about Cristo Rey Jesuit H.S.  What makes it a great school?

It is a private Catholic school for college-bound students.  At Cristo Rey we have only about 500 students and all of us have one day for work-study at a Corporate work site. I work at Ameriprise Financial in the Annuities department.  Cristo Rey has only been in existence for about 10 years.


What were your first sports?  Where were you born? 

I was born in St. Paul, MN.  My first sport was gymnastics which I did only for a season in second grade.  I was in dance for a few years although not consecutive seasons starting in the fourth grade.  Then I began basketball in seventh grade at the Hospitality House in North Minneapolis which is kind of like a Christian Boys/Girls Club.  I first played volleyball at Ascension Catholic School, and track & field the summer after seventh grade.

My first event in track was the 400 because they saw how long my legs were and thought I had the build of a 400 runner. I am currently 5'10" and 152 pounds.