Multiple Teams · Letter to Our Track and Field Sprints/Jumps, Honoring Our Seniors


 

 Letter from Coach Kelvin & Coach Kensi 

Dear C.J.,

Let me start off by saying I am really glad that you came over to us from the distance crew.  You have a real gift for running and it was really starting to show this year.  I could tell how much hard work you put in, in the offseason because you were running some really good times.   I was really looking forward to seeing what you could do this season because our guys team was really good. One of the best teams we have had in years and you were a big part of that. I am not sure what you have planned after high school but I hope running is in there somewhere because you are great at it.  I hope you are able to take some of the lessons you learned in track and that same driven attitude you have and apply it towards life.  I promise it will take you far. It was a pleasure getting to know you this year. I hope you are happy and healthy. I wish you nothing but the best.

 

Dear Chris,

From last year until now, you have grown so much. I have watched as you matured as an athlete. You put so much work and dedication into something that was definitely new to you and it was starting to pay off. I saw a clear shift in focus in you, and I could see how bad you wanted it this year. I hope you take that same maturity and focus and apply it to all facets in your life because those are the recipes to success. It was great getting to know you as well. Last year you were pretty shy but this year you opened up more and it was great to see. You’re a great guy and I am glad I got to know over the past couple of years. I am positive that you are off to do some great things in this life and I cannot wait to see what those are. Keep in touch with us! I wish you nothing but the best.

 

Dear Daniel,

I still cannot believe how far you have come. Over the past 2 years you have put in so much work and dedication and it was really starting to show. This season in particular, you were running amazing. You were poised and set to go for some of your fastest times yet in whatever it is that you were running.  I have watched you explode out of your shell, both as a runner and as a person and it is amazing to see the person you have become. You are dedicated, hard working, and you never quit. All of those are things you can apply to your life post high school and I really hope you do.  It really does suck to see the season end the way it did because this boys team we had was one of the best we had in years and you are a big part of why we were so good. It was an honor getting to know you and I really do hope you keep running into your college years. You are set to do some amazing things in this life. Keep in touch with us!

Dear Hailey,

Watching you grow up over the past 4 years kind of blows my mind.  I watched you grow from being one of the original divas with Makenna to becoming the mature young woman you are today.  You have had some really unfortunate injuries but you did not let that stop you.  Most people would have just plain quit if they suffered the shoulder injury you had, but not you.  You found other ways to still compete.  Not only did you compete, you did it at a high level.  Making it to CIF finals is not easy but you did it.  I know a lot of the time you did not feel like you were improving or had a mental block on a height you were going for.  But each time you went out there or came practice showed me that you were driven to get better.  I am so sad the season had to end like this but I know you are destined for some great things in this life.  I am not sure what your plans are after high school but whatever they are I am so excited to see what you do next.  It was a pleasure getting to know you and coach you.  Keep in touch with us!  I wish you nothing but the best.

 

Dear Jack,

First, let me start off by saying what a truly unfortunate series of events.  I am sure that last year was very difficult for you having to sit out the entire season.  It hurt us too that you were not able to run. Most people would have just packed up their bags and went home but not you.  You stayed around to help us in any way that you could and that speaks volumes to your character.  Not many people would do that.  Thank you does not come close to the debt of gratitude we owe you for all of your hard work.  Even though your injury was still bothering you a bit this year, you were still able to hurdle, and look great doing it.  You were the heart and soul of that hurdle crew and it will not be the same without you next year.  You have been with us for 4 years, so I hope myself and T were able to instill some life lessons in you that you are able to take into this crazy world. You are a bright, driven, and dedicated individual and I cannot wait to see what you do next.  I hope you are happy and healthy. I wish you nothing but the best.  Keep in touch with us!

 

Dear Jayden,

You are an athlete I will never forget. You have personality, charisma, and a great head on your shoulders. Whatever you do in this life, do not let the world take your light from you. It is something special. You had a great high school career, and it was great seeing you come into your own last year with being a team captain. You made the team and every speech you gave your own. Not every person has a gift to do that, so that speaks a lot to your character. I hope myself and T were able to give you the tools that you need to succeed in this world. I am not sure what is next for you but whatever it is I am excited to see what you do with it. I hope you are healthy and staying safe. I wish you nothing but the best. Keep in touch.

 

Dear Kyle,

First, let me start off by saying you are an extremely gifted runner.  This year I saw a shift in focus from you and I was so happy to see it. You came out to pre-season and that was the best move you could have made. You were set to run some of the best times of your high school career this year. The boys team that we had this year was just stacked all around and you are a big reason why. You kept your composure, you always worked hard, sometimes harder than you needed to, and I loved seeing it. I hope that you take that same level of effort and dedication with you wherever you go in life.  Although you could never do quick feet.. It was a pleasure getting to know you over your high school career.  It sucks the season ended like it did but I know you are going to do some amazing things in this life. I hope you are happy and healthy. I wish you nothing but the best.

 

Dear Maddie,

I am so happy that you did not do soccer this year.  While that might sound like a weird statement, it is actually a compliment because it allowed you to become our best female hurdler by a long shot.  I know you have dreams of running for Oregon and I honestly think you can get there with the same level of hard work and dedication you put in with us.  Do not let anyone try to tell you that your goals are too big or unreachable because the Maddie I have gotten to know over the past couple of years would not let anything get in her way to reach them.  The hurdle team will honestly not be the same without you next year.  You are the heart and soul of that team.  I also want to say thank you for taking the time to help your fellow athletes that might not have been as comfortable as you with hurdles.  That speaks volumes to your character.  I am really happy I was able to meet you and coach you.  You are smart, dedicated, and extremely hard working.  It sucks that the season had to end like it did but I really cannot wait to see what you do next.  Keep working hard to achieve the things you want in this life and I promise you will get them.  I hope you keep in touch with us, we would love to hear from you!  I hope you are happy and healthy.  I wish you nothing but the best.

 

Dear Makai,

It has been a pleasure coaching you for the past – well I am actually not sure how many years haha. It is crazy to me that you are already 18, seems like just yesterday you were just in youth track. Your parents have done a wonderful job with you and you have a great head on your shoulders, I am more than excited to see what you do when you go out into the world. It sucks the season had to end like it did but if it’s any consolation, I think you were on pace for your best season yet. I hope you continue to jump into your college years because you definitely have a gift for it. This is not a goodbye, it is more of a see you soon. I wish you nothing but the best.

Dear Mara,

It really is unfortunate to have the season come to such an abrupt end because I don’t think you were given a chance to really show what you could do out there.  I know running the 4 is a huge mental game, and at some points this year it felt like it may have been getting the best of you but I think you were getting close to unlocking that race.  I saw how driven you were to get better at that race and it was a great thing to see.  I know last year you were surprised when I made you a captain but that is because you are a leader in my book.  Your calm nature but yet driven attitude is what makes you an excellent leader.  The calm you brought to some of those over zealous relays you were on really helped keep a lot of those girls heads in the game.  I loved working with you and I really hope you continue to run because I want you to find and see the same potential that I see in you.  I will most definitely miss your sarcasm because it was hilarious.  I know you are going to do great things in this life because you are smart, driven, and funny. All things that are necessary for success.  I cannot wait to see what you do next.  I hope you are happy and healthy.  Keep in touch with us!  I wish you nothing but the best.

 

Max,

You are so hard working and positive, teaching you how to pole vault these past three years has been an absolute blast. I’m sorry your senior year ended the way it did, I saw how much you wanted to do well this season, especially now that we have brand new equipment and didn’t get to use any of it. It’s going to be weird not having you around next year. You were so patient if the newbies needed help with a drill or when they were just being annoying freshman. You were always willing to help me out with demonstrations which was sometimes a bad idea considering we are both left-handed. You are always kind to others, and your run was bad ass level fast.

I know a lot of my advice is a joke but here’s some real advice for college:

  1. Try to stay active.
  2. Eat your veggies.
  3. Always be kind not just to others but to yourself. You never needed a lecture on kindness but in case things ever become tough being kind to yourself can help.

You are going to do great things once you graduate, I am going to miss you, but I am so excited for your future. Hopefully things calm down over the summer and we can have a proper last day of vaults. Either way you are welcome anytime to come back and vault.

 

Dear Ryan,

First, let me start by saying you are immensely talented. Watching you grow as an athlete over the past 4 years has been amazing. Your dedication to this craft over the past 2 years however, is what started to set you apart from the rest of the pack more and more. You took the pre-season very seriously and it showed. I honestly believe you were headed for very an amazing pr in the 1 and 2. The way you ran the 4 was something I loved seeing. You had a fearlessness about that race that you just can’t teach. I hope you take that same fearlessness and apply it to your life because with that, you can accomplish anything. It was so great getting to know you over the past 4 years. You were one of the best leaders we ever had on this team and sometimes even the soul of the team. I really do hope that you keep running into your college years because you have a gift for this. Keep in touch with us, we would love to know how you’re doing. I hope you are happy and healthy. I wish you nothing but the best.

 

Dear Steven,

It has been a pleasure watching you grow as an athlete over the past 4 years. Each year that has gone by, you gained a level of maturity and seriousness about your craft. The past 2 years have been your best yet. You were honestly set to go low 11s if not high 10s this year and I really wish I could have seen that. You were always fun to be around, always kept a smile on everyone’s faces but the great thing about you was you knew when it was time to joke and when it was time to take things seriously.  I hope that the lessons and maturity you gained during track, are things you take and apply to all facets of your life. I think you have an amazing career ahead of you so I hope you keep running track in college. Keep in touch with us, we would love to know how you are doing over the years post high school. I hope you are staying happy and healthy. I wish you nothing but the best.

Dear Tess,

It was a pleasure getting to know you over the past couple of years.  It really seemed like you were starting to come into your own as an athlete this year.  You were starting to try a couple new things but still trying to master your craft in jumping.  I could see how much you wanted it, day in and out.  It was a great thing to see.  Not many high school athletes have that same level of drive at such a young age.  I know it could not have been easy trying to work a job and come train but somehow you managed to do both.  That speaks to the level of dedication you have to improving your life.  The skills you learned in balancing sports and work will transfer nicely into what you do next.  I am not sure what your plans are post high school but I hope jumping is somewhere in there.  I cannot wait to see what you do next.  I hope you are happy and healthy.  Keep in touch with us!  I wish you nothing but the best.