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Speed runs in Query's family

Speed runs in Query's family

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MAHOMET - The task of track and field athletes is to maximize their genetic gifts. Great gifts bring great responsibility. Hanna Query knows all that.

As the daughter of former NFL wide receiver Jeff Query, a track star at Maroa-Forsyth High School in the mid-1980s, and former Clinton track standout Keri Punches, she knows she has been blessed with the fast-twitch muscle fibers her sport treasures.

Judging by her status as the fastest female 200-meter sprinter in the Pantagraph area, the younger Query is well into the journey of discovering her potential.

The Mahomet-Seymour sophomore heads into today's 4:30 p.m. Mattoon Class AA Sectional with a season best of 25.6 seconds in the 200. Her 12.40 best in the 100 is the second fastest fully automatic time in Pantagraph area history.

She also is part of Corn Belt Conference champion relays in the four-by-200 and 800 medley.

"She is running as a sophomore times that I ran as a senior," said her proud mother, who clocked 26.4 in the 200 and 58.8 in the 400 in 1987.

Query's father, who played for the Green Bay Packers from 1989 to 1991 and the Cincinnati Bengals from 1992 to 1994, ran 10.8 in the 100 in 1985 and long jumped 23 feet, 2 1/2 inches.

He placed second in the Class A state long jump and fourth in the 100.

Keri is the only three-time state medalist in Clinton history, having placed sixth in the 200 and 400 in 1987 and sixth in the 400 in 1986.

Query's parents, both of whom set Pantagraph Honor Roll Meet records, could tell she had speed by the time she was 18 months old.

"In our home we had a living room where you could go into the kitchen and it was a big circle," Keri said. "She would just run laps around and around, underneath the table… She started pretty young."

Query started fast this season and never slowed down after topping out last year at 12.7 and 26.3 because of injury.

"This year I was aiming for not getting hurt so I feel pretty good about it," she said of her sophomore season.

Query's parents encouraged her to give track a try in sixth grade. Mahomet-Seymour High School coach Bonnie Moxley is glad they did.

"There is no doubt in my mind she has the potential to be the fastest sprinter we've ever had," said Moxley, who believes Query can challenge Sharon Farley's school records of 11.8 in the 100 and 25.0 in the 200.

"If Hanna will take her level of commitment in track and field to the next level - she has come a ways from last year to this year - but if she'll take it to the next level, she'll definitely become the best sprinter we've ever had at Mahomet-Seymour."

Moxley thinks Query's goal at the May 19 and 20 state meet in Charleston should be to reach the nine-girl final in one or both of her events. First, she must finish in the top two at today's sectional or better the qualifying standards of 12.2 (12.44 fully automatic) and 25.8 (26.04).

Query is in a good place to chase big dreams. She has a demanding coach and a friendly rival, who is faster - for now.

"She is determined and knows what she wants and we have hard practices," Query said of her coach, "but we benefit from it so it's all worthwhile."

The rival is Rantoul sophomore Kiara Clark-Lewis, the two-time Corn Belt champion in the 100 and 200.

"When you are running against Kiara Clark-Lewis every meet, you have no choice but to get better as long as you keep sticking your nose in there," Moxley said. "That's what Hanna keeps doing.

"Hopefully, racing against Kiara, that will take her right into the state meet finals where she wants to be."

Whatever success Query achieves, don't expect her to brag about it.

"Hanna is amazingly humble," said her mother. "She realizes she is blessed. God gave her this gift."

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