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Girls track and field Athlete of the Year: Forney's Kiana Hawn dominated hurdles, long jump
Forney junior Kiana Hawn trains on a regimented schedule to balance her multi-event routine.
“During the season we do one day a week of intense training on one event or the other,” Forney track coach Sandy Cook said. “Monday it’s the 100 hurdles, Tuesday the 300 hurdles and Wednesday some jumping drills.”
As a result, Hawn is almost equally proficient in all three events. She won gold in the 100 and 300 hurdles at the Class 4A UIL state track and field meet after earning a bronze in the long jump .
Hawn was focused on improving her time in the 100 and ran a season-best of 13.99 seconds.
“The 300 comes so naturally to me that it’s just something I’ve gotten used to,” said Hawn, who won the 300 in 42.73. “The 100 is a lot more technical. I’d worked on it more, and that work showed up.”
Hawn took second to Carrollton Creekview senior Melissa Gonzalez in both the 100 and 300 hurdles last year.
Hawn didn’t compete in the long jump at either the state or regional level last year, making her rapid improvement all the more impressive.
Hawn’s jump of 18 feet, 101/4 inches was her best of the season.
“I had a lot more experience jumping this year,” Hawn said. “It wasn’t hard for me to deal with all three events because it’s just what I’m so used to.”
Hawn said she doesn’t have any college offers yet, but Cook expects plenty of attention in the year ahead.
“Everywhere I go people are asking ‘How is that hurdler?’” Cook said. “She is an amazing girl and quite a gifted athlete.”
At state meet: Won gold medals in the 100 hurdles (13.99) and 300 hurdles (42.73) and bronze in the long jump (18-101/4).
Notable: Hawn ranks 24th nationally in both hurdle events. She was the area leader of all classifications in the 300.