Jon Hickey   Track Class of 2002

Jon had a great run as a Falcon distance runner. He ran as a freshman with Hanford Hall of Famer and All American Adam Tenforde, and witnessing what hard work could achieve, Jon simply went out and did it himself. His improvement as a runner was steady, and as a junior, he was beating most of the best local distance runners and finished 5th in the 3200m at state (2001).

But as a senior he developed his finishing kick. Never was this more on display than in the evenly matched field running in the 2002 State meet 1600m final. Jon was among the leaders as they started the last lap, but with a little under 300 meters left he struck like lightning and before any competitor knew, Jon was gone in a flash and adding to his lead with every powerful stride – winning in a time of 4:14.23.

The next night, Jon did it again, handily out running the field in the 3200m by 5 seconds in a personal best of 9:09.58. But Jon was not done for the night. A mere 20 minutes later he was back in action again as a member of our 4x400m relay with finished 8th. When the night was finally done, there was Jon standing on the podium with his teammates, together earning the 2nd place team trophy at State. This was not “new” to Jon, as he and his teammates were League, District, and Regional Champs as well.

In the Fall, Jon was the leader of the cross country team and not only finished an excellent 5th in the State meet, but was a true inspiration and encourager to all of his teammates (chosen by his team as the Falcon Pride Award winner).

Jon went on to run cross country and track at the University of Washington (UW). His 8th place finish in the Pac 10 Championships 1500m final his senior year also earned him the “Best Comeback” award at UW after being diagnosed with cancer two years before.