Boyd leaving behind impressive legacy

"Advancing to the state playoffs in high school athletics is a feat accomplished by a limited number of athletes. Many will go their whole high school career without a taste of the big show.But the state stage is all Kristin Boyd ever knew as she closed her prep career for South Kitsap at the state track and field championships.Her abilities and accomplishments easily raise the question: Is she the greatest all-around athlete ever to sport an SK uniform?There was no hesitation when the question was put to SK cross country and track coach Ed Santos and Boyd's friend, Zach Sahlberg.But the numbers speak for themselves.Boyd, who is headed to Highline Community College for basketball and track, is the only SK female athlete to advance to state in all three seasons for two consecutive years.When it comes to taking credit for her accomplishments, Boyd said she owes it to God, her parents Winfred and Michelle, Santos and numerous teammates.They were always there for me, Boyd said. Coach Santos always knew my weaknesses, so he inspired me to do better. I wouldn't have done well at state had it not been for Mr. Santos.After being a member of a pair of state relay teams her sophomore year, Boyd enjoyed sweet success at state her junior and senior years.She actually could have been on the state-qualifying girls basketball team after earning some playing time. But she was left off the state roster.She didn't participate in cross country her sophomore year, but she did in her junior year to stay in shape for basketball.That started her incredible run of state berths.She proceeded to take 13th place overallwith the third-place cross country team. She followed that up as an integral member of the basketball team that placed third at state.When spring rolled along, Boyd took part in four events: The high jump (12th), 300 hurdles (10th), and two relay teams (4x200--sixth) and (4x100 --fourth).Not bad for a junior year, but she was determined to improve her marks for her senior campaign.After the state track meet last year, I sat down and wrote all these goals down for my senior year, Boyd said. I have them hanging on my wall in my room.For cross country, her goal was to place in the top 25. In basketball, she wanted a return trip to state. And in track, she wanted all her marks to improve.Though she placed lower than the previous year in cross country (18th), Boyd enjoyed another trip to state with her basketball team, which failed to place after losing a heartbreaker to Decatur--a team the Wolves beat in districts.So it came down to track and field for her to leave her mark. And that she did.Boyd learned the 300 hurdles her junior year, and it took only her first time to break the school record. Her time of 46.3 seconds was a milestone, but she wasn't satisfied with that. She found herself struggling to break 46 seconds this spring, but then she started to peak at districts, crossing the finish line in 45 seconds.But she wasn't happy with that. She was determined to break 45 seconds. Proving anything is possible when you put your mind to it, she placed third in the 300 hurdles and pushed through the 45-second plateau, just like she had planned.She wasn't finished, though.After failing to make the final heat in the 100 hurdles and 4x100 relay, Boyd concentrated on her anchor leg of the 4x200, her last race as a high school athlete.Along with teammates Melissa Edwards, Teresa Schlafer and Tiffany Robinson, Boyd ran as if her life was on the line. After being in fourth place as she was handed the baton, Boyd made up ground and outkicked an opponent to help her team take second place--the school's highest finish ever.In track, I got everything I wanted, Boyd said. Like my parents taught me, I did it with heart and I had fun.Absolutely, she is the best all-around athlete, Santos said. There hasn't been anything she can't do. It's pretty amazing.Sahlberg, who participated for the Wolves' boys team in the same three sports as Boyd, said she's got all the attributes of a true athlete.She's totally impressed me with just her athletic ability and her natural skills, like running, Sahlberg said. I think she's definitely the best all-around athlete to go to South Kitsap. She's got everything.Santos said Boyd's physical and mental abilities are the total package.Mentally, she's just so strong, Santos said. She's a great person and will do everything you ask of her and more. She is the type of person kids look up to."

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