Flying High Allison Horn happy to be on track team
For Allison Horn, her past two years have been pretty hectic.
Due to a sport switching seasons, Horn has been able to participate in two sports she truly loves. With the switch of girls soccer to the fall season in her junior year, Horn finally had the opportunity to join the school's track team, a chance she has longed for quite some time.
And she didn't waste any time expressing her gratitude. Horn missed making a trip to states in the hurdles last year by two-hundredths of a second.
Still, Horn's near-miss motivated her to gain a trip to states in hurdles during the winter indoor season, capping an overall stellar year.
Horn does have her sights set returning to states this spring in the hurdles category, but she will continue to cherish every moment during her recent ideal sports realm.
"I always wanted to do track, but I really loved playing soccer," stated Horn. "When the switch happened, I couldn't have asked for a better situation. Soccer has always been by number one sport, but now I had the opportunity to do something else I really enjoyed.
"I have always played soccer since I was very young, but track has been great the past two years. It's safe to say that it is now my favorite sport."
When she first burst onto the scene in spring track, Horn initially relished the sprints. Yet, she soon honed her skills in the hurdles. In addition to the sprints and hurdles, Horn usually is involved with the triple and long jumps for the K-Kids.
"I knew I could sprint," noted Horn. "For me to do hurdles, I had to be taught. But it seemed to come pretty natural for me. It was a matter of growing some confidence and constantly learning the techniques behind it.
"Now, I feel pretty confident that I know what I am doing out there."
Her self-assurance has spearheaded her goals she believes are within her reach. During the winter, Horn finished 29th out of 35 hurdlers.
"I want to make it to states this spring," she said. "I came so close last year in the spring, and it has really helped me this year. At states, you never see the kind of competition you have to face at a regular meet. It is totally different and I know what to expect. But it was very exciting being there last winter."
Head coach Tim Caffrey is confident Horn's winter season can produce some positive results this spring.
"She (Horn) has an excellent winter season," said Caffrey. "She has a lot of talent and should have a solid season for us this year."
Horn cited the efforts of hurdles coach Bill Gillespie, jump coach Dan Benner and assistant Anthony Wright for the continuing guidance and support through the years, as the trio has played an integral part in her life.
Next year, Horn plans to attend Bucknell University where she will pursue a degree in biomedical engineering and also seeks to walk-on as a prospective hurdler for the track team.
"At first, I wanted to be a doctor and go into pre-med," said Horn. "This deals with regeneration and I thought about it last year. I spoke to some of the coaches there and I'm going to try out for the team."
In addition to her two favorite sports, Horn also has enjoyed horseback riding. She and her sister Elizabeth have been involved in barrel racing and gaming. Her horse, Joker, since has been retired, but Horn still manages to occasionally ride. She also competed in events in Oklahoma and Texas over the years.
In school, Horn is a member of the school's Honor Society and yearbook.
With a mixture of experienced and inexperienced athletes this spring, Horn believes her team will mesh at the right time.
"We have a number of seniors on the team," said Horn. "We also have several younger players here who are still learning. When we leave, it might take a toll on the program. But we all want to do whatever we can this season."
Horn will certainly make her share of contributions.