Last season, Katlin Hunter earned some state championships for the Duncan Lady Demons track and field team. This year, Hunter received the honor of being named All-State for her four year career.
In her junior season, Hunter won the state title in the 100-meter hurdle race running at a time of 15.48 seconds while also winning the high jump event in her first year competing.
Finding out about the All-State award win from a friend, Hunter said she didn’t even think they were giving out the awards this year because of the cancellation but is happy to receive the honor.
“I was confused at first because I didn’t know how I got it because of the season being cut short,” Hunter said. “I was really surprised that I got it and at the same time I didn’t think we were going to have anything like that because of how the season ended and I’m really happy to be selected All-State. It was really exciting to get an award like that. To me, it is really exciting to be honored.”
Being the lone representative on the 5A All-State team for Duncan High School, Hunter credited her coaches for the success she had last year and throughout her career.
“To represent Duncan, it shows how hard the coaches pushed us all year,” Hunter said. “For me, I did hurdles and high jump. I didn’t think that I was going to win high jump but it shows how hard the coaches pushed me last year to help me achieve the goal of being a state champion. It shows me how hard I pushed to win state and win the All-State award.”
Hunter and her sister Kali have signed to compete in track and field in college at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond.
“In the future I plan … to go on that team … work really hard and meet the standards of the coaches and just to … push myself harder than what I did in high school track,” she said. “It is going to be obviously a lot more difficult in college because there will always be people better than you but I just want to see what I can do.”
With her high school career complete and the number of days counting down as she moves forward to Edmond in the fall to compete for the Lady Bronchos team, Hunter said her coaches and family were the best things to motivate her.
“My coaches … they have all worked together to push us and they all motivated us to push pass the hard parts and to always keep focus on the end goals,” Hunter said. “They motivated us all, not just me. My family too because they have always been on my side and …when I felt like giving up or (I was) going through hard times, they have always been there. They have talked me through it and being able to come home and talk about that — it means a lot and they helped me a lot.”
The other Stephens County representative came in Velma-Alma’s Clay Wright. A full story will publish in the weekend edition of The Duncan Banner.