Hillsboro's Fastest Is Headed North To UW-Oshkosh

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In the time that it takes you to read this sentence, more often than not, 2019 Hillsboro High School graduate Kyra Huber would nearly be done with her sprint in the 100 meter dash.

With four school records to her name, two individual marks and two in the relays, Huber will go down as one of the fastest women ever at HHS.

"Kyra will go down as one of the best, if not the greatest female sprinter in the history of Hillsboro track," Coach Son Clayton said of the young lady he coached in high school and junior high. "Records are eventually broken over time, but a person's integrity, accomplishments and name will forever be stitched in the school's history. This lady has definitely left her mark at HHS."

Now, the daughter of Dennis and Michele Grimes will try to leave her mark at another school, the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, where she will run track for the Titans.

"I really wanted to run track, but I didn't want to be just a number on the team or practice and not compete. Usually freshmen don't get a whole lot of running or playing time in college, but their coach (Justin Kinseth) kept contacting me and contacting me," Huber said on her decision to run for UWO. "I went up there and he made sure I met the team. It's a bigger team and they're nationally ranked. He made sure I met everyone and that I felt at home."

There is a reason why Coach Kinseth continued to pursue Huber, who was the South Central Conference's best sprinter over the last four years, in addition t being one of the state's best.

Competing in ten state events over the last four years, including twice in Class 2A, Huber made an impact from the start for the Lady Hiltoppers.

As a freshman, she made it to state in the 100 and 200 meters, along with the 4x100 and 4x200 relays. Both relays, which were also made up of Kylie Meier, Kiersten Cleveland and Bailey Durbin, would go on to set school records that year, breaking a ten-year mark in the 4x100 and a 34-year-old record in the 4x200.

 After a decade between 4x100 record-setting performances, the 2016 mark would not last as long as Huber joined Meier, Deanna Jackson and Nicole Miller to break it twice in 2017 as she returned to state for both relays and the 100 and 200. Individually, Huber would also break the 100 meter dash mark, which had stood for 32 years before.

More records would fall in 2018, with Huber, Meier, Jackson and Ashlyn Papin resetting both the 4x100 and 4x200 marks.

To put a bow on her career, Huber made her fourth consecutive trip to state and set a school record in the 400 meters, a race she only began running this past season. 

All told, Huber would finish with four school records in the  100 meters (12.4), 400 meters (59.64), 4x100 relay (51.01) and 4x200 relay (1:48.96). The only sprint record that evaded her was the 200, set by Julie Hallers in 1982 with a time of 26.3, three tenths better than Huber's personal best.

She also holds meet records for the Greenville Invite, Pana Invite and South Central Conference meet, the latter coming her senior year in the 4x100, when she, Meier, Ashlyn Papin and Kaci Papin ran a 51.06, nearly missing another school record as well.

While her success made her stand out, the effort she put into her sport is what made her special to Coach Clayton.

"I will remember her as one of the hardest working athletes with tremendous drive and the heart to always be the best at what she does," Coach Clayton said of his captain the last two years. "It has been an honor to be able to coach this amazing young lady and to be part of her overwhelming success, both on the track and in the classroom."

In addition to running at UWO, Huber is planning on majoring in forensic science, with a minor in criminal justice.

"I really like helping people and making sure that people are ok. I wanted to become a doctor or pediatrician, but I'm the kind of person who, if you need shoes, I'm going to give you my shoes. I knew that I couldn't help everyone and I knew I would feel so bad about that," Huber said on her career path. "I didn't want a desk job, so forensic science is something a little different, where I can still help people."

The program Huber is going into also has a partnership with the local police department, meaning that she will be able to get hands on experience while she is earning her degree.

The clincher on her decision, though, was the opportunity to do what she has done at Hillsboro since day one - run.

"I told him I didn't want to be pushy, but I asked him if he thought I'd run," Huber said. "He said I was his top recruit and he wouldn't recruit me just to sit the bench."

And while it doesn't take long for Huber to run a race, she's not going to have much time to sit around much the way it sounds.

"I just started to run the 400 this year and he saw my 59 (seconds at Jokisch-Grandone). He said 'I think I'm going to move you to the 4x4, then you can run the 100 and the 400 and the 4x100,'" Huber said. "That was kind of the clincher. I was going to get to run."

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