Brian and Thomas Seely Track Class of 2003THOMAS SEELY (POLE VAULT)
Thomas is one of two great pole-vaulters to be inducted into Hanford’s Hall of Fame. Thomas is one of those success stories you don’t always hear about. Thomas is the real deal and the Hanford track team was the recipient of his success.
Thomas overcame a disability from birth to become a talented pole-vaulter. Thomas missed out participating in sports his freshman year because of needing surgery. He worked hard and had a champion’s attitude. Thomas ran cross country later in school after he started to recover from his leg surgery. He not only overcame this condition but he gradually excelled athletically. Thomas was so successful that he set a new school record in the pole vault at 15’6”.
It’s not easy being a pole vaulter, because it takes guts, mental toughness and a splash of craziness. Thomas, and his close teammate Justin Clary, had what it took to fly like they were super heroes. Thomas finished 3rd in State his senior year, vaulting 15’6 while teammate Justin Clary finished 5th.
Thomas went on to continue vaulting in college at Montana State University and was very successful at vaulting over 17’. Thomas is recognized as a big contributor in Hanford’s team success by helping the team win 4th place in State.
BRIAN SEELY (4x400 Relay Team)
The Boys State Champion 4x400 Relay Team of Brian Seely, Michal Gutowski and Mike Gamble, and Aaron Gunn was amazing! Steadily improving during the season, the foursome grabbed the attention of the rest of the State by winning the Regional title by over six seconds and headed to the State meet with the number one seeded time of 3:21.59.
At State, as with Regionals, Brian started off. Brian was a fine middle distance/distance runner who also competed at state in cross country. Brian loved getting his team off to a strong start and did that day running his leg under the elusive 50 second mark. Brian then handed off to his close friend and fellow cross country runner, Michal Gutowski. Michal worked very hard and saw significant improvement during his senior year in both the 800 as well as the relay. Michal solidified the lead and began the runaway victory with another sub 50 second split. Next came Mike Gamble. Mike was a sprinter that was willing to do the work to become a fine 400 runner. When he got the baton, his job was to maintain the lead. He not only did this, but extended it and gave the baton off to the fourth runner, Aaron Gunn.
A fine effort was made by the Bainbridge team, led by an inspiring anchor leg by the 800 meter state champion, but our team quickly dashed all their hopes. And with those quick strides, the Falcons were officially state champions, in a new school record of 3:20.55.