By Bruce Wallace

To decide to work at one sport, while not playing another is a difficult challenge for any high school athlete.

For Hannah Crow, that meant working out three days a week on her own last winter while her former teammates and friends battled their way to the Eagles girls’ basketball team’s first appearance in the Final Four.

Crow, however, kept working.

“I was so happy for them – it was a hard decision for me,” Crow said on Tuesday.

Last Saturday, that decision paid off as Crow won the gold medal in the 100-meter hurdles at the Class 3 State Track meet in Jefferson City. She won the third place bronze medal later in the day in the 300-meter hurdles.

Crow’s performance was the best since Landon Bartel won the high jump two years ago. Crow was one of five Eagles attaining All-State honors as SoBoCo’s small contingent had several top performances.

• Aaron Verduin and Brooke Trammell won fifth place – Verduin in the 110-meter hurdles and Trammell in the long jump.

• Emma Kelly won fourth place in the discus, breaking her own school record with a throw of 125-feet, 10-inches.

• Freshman Cassey Poole, running the 800-meters, came from 13th place to sprint the final 70-yards onto the medal stand, placing 8th.

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