Mary Reeves, Class of 1999
Mary Reeves’ exceptional running ability helped bring a great deal of success to both the cross-country and the track and field teams during her time as a Pioneer. As a team, the Cross-Country Team earned third place at the MSHSAA state competition in 1996, state champs in 1997, and second place in 1998. As an individual, Reeves finished tenth at state in 1998 and was selected to the All-Metro Girls Cross-Country Team. During her time on the track team, Reeves secured spots on the State podium as a member of the 4x800. In 1996, the reply team finished seventh. In 1997 the team finished fifth. In 1998, the relay team finished third. In 1999, Reeves helped the 4x800 meter team to a State Championship. Reeves individual accomplishments include winning sixth place at state in the 800 meters in 1998. In 1999, Reeves raced her way to a state championship in the 1600 meters, and fourth in the 800 meters. Reeves went on to run at Butler University on scholarship where she set a school record in the indoor mile in 2000 with a 4:54 time. That same year she was awarded the Outstanding Performer Award in Women’s Indoor Track and Field at the Midwestern Collegiate Conference. After graduating from Butler, Reeves went on to begin her career as an English Second Language teacher and social worker. She lives with her husband, Aaron, and their son, Lewin, in Denver, Colorado.
Kent Layman, Class of 1995
A four-sport athlete, Kent Layman played baseball, basketball, football and ran track during his time at KHS. On the football team, Layman joined the varsity football team as a freshman and earned Third Team AllConference as a running back his junior year. He was also selected to the All-Metro Team as a defensive back. Due to an injury, Layman missed most of his senior season. On the track team, Layman ran for the Pioneers in the MSHSAA state track meet. He finished third in the 100m, and was a member of the 4x100 relay team that finished second in state. Outside of sports, Layman was also involved in many clubs and activities at KHS including A Cappella, Pep Club, Judo Club, Student Council, Spanish Club and the National Council of Youth Leadership. His academic achievements earned him Gold K, High Honor Roll, and National Honor Society. Layman was nominated at Hatchet Man his senior year. After graduating from KHS, Laymen continued his football career at the University of Missouri-Columbia where he was a multi-year starter. In 1997, he was chosen to the Second Team All-Big XII Wide Receiver and was the season leader for the NCAA in receiving yards per reception with 25.4 yards per reception. Layman wrapped up a successful collegiate career in 1999. He ended his career tenth on the All-Time Mizzou Receiving list with 20.9 yards per catch and 14.2 yards per rush. His effort earned him the Don Faurot Most Inspirational Player Award. Layman and his wife, Lissy, reside in Kirkwood and have a son, Carter, and a daughter, Reese.
Kirk Hogan, Class of 1968
An excellent track and cross-country runner, Kirk Hogan helped both teams make legendary runs in the late 1960s under the guidance of coach Fred Lyon. In 1967, Hogan helped the team race their way to a first-place finish in the MSHSAA Cross-Country State Championship. Leading up to the state championship run, Hogan placed second in almost every regular season meet. As a team, the KHS cross-country team was ranked fourth nationally by Track and Field News. During the 1968 track season, Hogan placed second in the indoor one-mile run at the University of Missouri-Columbia. The outdoor track season yielded even more success for Hogan as he won the two-mile run at the district meet with a personal best time of 9:13.5. At the MSHSAA state championship, he raced his way to first place in the two-mile event with a time of 9:30.3. On a national scale, Hogan competed in the Golden West Invitational Track and Field Meet, the oldest prep invitational meet in the U.S. After graduating from KHS, Hogan ran for the University of Missouri-Columbia where he earned athletic letters for four years. He and his wife, Sheri, reside in Arcadia, Louisiana and have two daughters: Grace and Katherine.