Edmonds-Woodway senior Hicks leaps into first place at state meet | Track and field
Last updated 5/31/2018 at Noon
It all came down to one final jump.
Four years of hard work.
A rocky start to the season.
A personal best three weeks ago at the Edmonds District meet.
As she prepared for her final attempt, Edmonds-Woodway’s Hannah Hicks was in third place among the finalists in the long jump at the state track and field championships.
Before she headed to the runway, Hicks received some words of encouragement from Warriors jumps coach Michael Richards, who told her how proud he was of what she had done this year.
“I just kind of thought well, it’s my last jump of my senior season and I’ve got to give it all I’ve got,” Hicks said.
Hicks gave it all she had and unleashed her best jump of the day 17 feet, 9.75 inches. Hicks’ final attempt turned out to be the top jump of the meet and the Edmonds-Woodway senior claimed the 3A state long jump title Friday, May 25, at Mount Tahoma High School.
“It’s the culmination of just four years of really, really hard work blood sweat and tears,” said Hicks, who took seventh place in the long jump at last year’s state meet. “It’s really, really amazing and I’ve worked very hard for this and I’m extremely happy.”
Hicks edged West Seattle’s Chloe Cunliffe by half an inch. Cunliffe finished with her season’s best mark of 17-9.25 and was followed by Roosevelt’s Camille Duckett, who had a 17-8.50. Hicks came up just 1 ¼ inches short of her personal best.
At the start of the season, Hicks wasn’t jumping as far as she hoped. She attributed the struggles to some tough workouts.
“They were well-planned and I knew that they would help in the end and they did so,” Hicks said.
Hicks started to scale back the workouts as the postseason approached. The Edmonds-Woodway standout recorded a personal best jump and school record of 17-11 at the Edmonds District meet on May 4.
“That kind of proved to myself that I’m here. I can do this,” said Hicks, who earned second-team, all-league honors as a goalkeeper for the Edmonds-Woodway soccer team.
After high school, Hicks said she hopes to continue her track and field career at Montana State University.
Hicks came into Friday’s finals seeded fifth overall among the 18 competitors. Though she tended not to look at the different numbers from across the state, Hicks said she knew that her personal best was near the top of the state.
“I knew that I was close,” she said. “I knew that if I jumped at least my PR, I’d definitely be there.”