Track and Field
Track and Field
Head Coach: Ryan Hahn
With the KSHSAA State Championships complete, the 2023 Track & Field season has come to a close.
The state meet always brings its challenges. Being at the meet is a reward. Each athlete has earned it. But that reward is accompanied with a task and a dream of more. So instead of relaxing with their reward, athletes seek to bring out a new level of performance. In many cases, they face tougher competition than they have seen all season. They do this in front of the biggest fan crowd they may ever experience, at their only two-day meet of the season. These challenges, in addition to those which are unseen and cannot be predicted, create the environment that is unique to the season’s ultimate event.
A slew of ninth place finishes made the two days particularly tough, but it showed that these athletes are true competitors. The Falcons did return with two All-State athletes. A clean clearance of six feet brought Jason Abarca a sixth place finish in the high jump and the first state medal of his career. Hope Crabtree improved on her fourth place finish from last year, running 46.31 to place third. Hope and Jason both competed very well, and they will get the chance to return next year. Knowing them, they will soon be thinking about what they hope to accomplish for their team in 2024. But I hope they take a moment to cherish these achievements.
Numerically reflecting on this meet and on the season cannot do it justice. Our greatest developments were not measurable, and yet they were life changing. Overcoming obstacles and anxieties. Putting aside frustrations and finding the next step. Finding the smile that was buried under uncertainty and “bad days”, to remember that we really do enjoy this sport that demands our best. And most of all, we enjoy sharing the sport with each other, as a team.
Yes. In many cases, we had visible success. But in many others, we were left wanting more. Not out of pride, but humbly hoping for the good of each other. Coaches wanting more for the athletes. Athletes wanting more for their team. And so is the spirit of competition. Always seeking to be a little bit stronger. Striving to be a fraction of a second faster. Battling to be just one level tougher. Stronger, faster, and tougher than the competition, sure. But even more than that. Stronger, faster, and tougher than our previous selves. People who are constantly on the path of growth, rooted in the foundation that we can rely on each other. Knowing above all, that we are in this together. Thank you to all of our supporters, to the athletes, and especially to the seniors who have helped to shape this program into one that we are proud to call our own.
(Top 8 medal and earn All-State Honors)
Hope Crabtree - 100m Hurdles (9th), 300m Hurdles (3rd, School Record, 46.31)
Kaylee Williams - High Jump (13th)
Emma Bailey - 800m (9th), 1600m (13th), 3200m (11th)
Haydan Walters - 100m (16th)
4x100 (9th) - Criqui, Voth, Walters, Jordan
4x400 (13th) - Voth, E. Cameron, K. Cameron, H. Crabtree
Jason Abarca - High Jump (6th), Pole Vault (11th)
Trey Rogers - 400m (9th), Long Jump (13th), Triple Jump (12th)
Kyle Haner - 800m (11th)