The two-time defending state champion javelin thrower who also mixes it up in the sprints, Kaylee Hickman is one of the few returning champs from the 2019 state meet and remains undefeated in competition this season. Today we find out more about Kaylee in our Getting to Know New Mexico Athletes Series.
When did you first start competing in track and field, and do you recall any of your childhood competitions?
I started competing when I was in seventh grade. I recall competing in a lot of meets during my middle school years.
Was there a certain moment when you realized you'd be able to compete at such a high level?
I was an eighth-grader when I first competed at the state track meet and the moment I knew I'd be able to perform well was when I ran the open 200m and I had to beat a girl from Logan in order for my team to win the state championship and I ran and beat her and helped win the 4x400 which lead to a state championship.
What are some bumps in the road that you've encountered when it comes to training for different events during the season?
Injuries have had a big impact when training for different events during the season.
How did COVID impact your training as you prepared for the season?
It did not give me a long enough break in between the other sports I was competing in which lead me to over use my body and injure myself.
What is your favorite track venue that you have competed at?
The state meet.
How is the college recruiting process going, and what schools are you looking at?
It is going well, I am mainly looking at schools in New Mexico.
Where are you going to college? If you have already committed, what made you choose them?
Most likely Western New Mexico University.
Is there another track event you wish you were good at? What is appealing about it?
I wish I was better at discus, I enjoy throwing and it is a lot of technical movements which is a good challenge.
What are some hobbies and interests you have outside of Track and Field?
I compete in softball, basketball and volleyball. I also enjoy hiking and being outdoors.
Who is your role model, and why?
My parents because they are always working hard and pushing to achieve their goals.
Everyone has a bucket list, so give us some of the things on your list!
Go shed hunting in Utah.
What is the best advice you have received?
Hard work pays off.
What is your favorite pre-race snack, tradition, etc.?
If you could do a sport other than XC/Track, what sport would it be, and why?
Basketball because it is a great sport and involves a lot of teamwork.
Kaylee's 2021 Season Stats
2021 - Outdoor