When Los Alamos High School grad Chase Ealey won the shot put at the USA Track & Field Championships in Albuquerque in February, it was supposed to be the first step in a climb to the top of the Olympic podium.
Coming off an outdoor national championship and an appearance in the World Championships in 2019, Ealey was rising faster than one of her shot put heaves.
“I’d just be a little old girl from New Mexico getting the gold,” Ealey said in a telephone interview. “That would be tight. I’d be the (Brian) Urlacher of track and field.”