With the prep season coming to a close last weekend, we present our final edition of the Wendy’s High School Athletes of the Week for the 2016-17 campaign.
This week we salute state champions in track and field: Michael Hoffer, Shawnee Heights junior; Laurel Haley, Washburn Rural senior; and Isaac Schreiner, Seaman senior.
Hoffer shook off a nagging hamstring injury to repeat as the 5A state champ in the high jump. He cleared 6 feet, 6 inches with his last attempt at the height to stay in championship consideration and then cleared 6 feet, 8 inches on his final attempt to bring home the title. The junior triumphed through tragedy away from the fields of play. His club track coach, Lance Lenard, died in an auto accident last August, and in February, Hoffer’s mother, Shirley Stubbs, passed away after fighting cancer. But Hoffer set aside the physical and emotional pain to ascend to the top of the podium at state once again.
Hardy closed her prep career in style by winning the 6A state championship in the discus. She set the early pace in the event with her second throw of 124 feet, 6 inches, and then topped that with her third throw, which went 127 feet, 5 inches, outdistancing her competition by over nine feet. Haley will continue her throwing career at Fort Hays State.
Schreiner continued in a proud pole vaulting tradition at Seaman by winning the 5A state championship. He exceeded his personal record by a full foot when it mattered most, clearing 14 feet, 6 inches on his first attempt at the height. His fewer misses ended up being the tie-breaker when no jumpers could clear 15 feet. Schreiner intends to vault at the collegiate level but has not yet committed to a school.