Ian Frazier wasn’t sure that he would have much of an athletic career in high school.
After not progressing the way he had hoped in soccer, Frazier decided to hang up the cleats and try something different.
“I had played soccer my whole life, and after eighth grade I realized that I wasn’t as good as I wanted to be, so I decided to go out to cross country, which also led to me running track,” said Frazier.
Initially the decision didn’t seem like a good one.
“My freshman year I was one of the slowest on the team,” said Frazier. “My sophomore year I made varsity, but I still wasn’t where I wanted to be.”
But the summer following his sophomore year things changed for Frazier.
“It was really a change in mentality,” said Frazier. “Knowing my goals and knowing that I would have to do everything in my power to achieve them. I also bumped up the mileage and made sure that I was consistently doing it at a quick pace. I was more focused than I had ever been.”
That increased focus led to his best season yet.
For the first time in his career Frazier qualified for state where he would finish 21st in Class 4.
That taste of success, although satisfying, only lit a greater fire for Frazier entering his senior.
“It was great to experience that my junior year, but I wanted more as a senior,” said Frazier. “My goal was to get top ten at state individually and to qualify for state as a team. We hadn’t gone to state as a team since my freshman year, and I wasn’t on that team.”
“It was a dream come true,” said Frazier. “I always wanted to be successful in sports, but didn’t really see that as a possibility. To be ranked in the state as a runner and have the entire team qualify and be there to share it with made it nice. I couldn’t have asked to a better end to my senior season.”
To make his final year at Kickapoo that much better, Frazier also advanced to the Class 4 state track meet in the 3200M where he would take 12th (9:48.99).
“Track is harder to make it to state in because only the top four advance past sectionals, compared to the top 30 in cross country,” said Frazier. “It is a lot more prestigious to qualify in track because it is so limited. It was a goal I had my junior year, but didn’t get there. To make it there was really a great cap to my high school career.”
That 3200M run in Jefferson City was Frazier’s last as a student-athlete. Although he won’t run collegiately, Frazier couldn’t be more pleased with his career at Kickapoo.
“Before running I hadn’t seen myself as an athletic person,” said Frazier. “Having the success that I had has been really rewarding and to be able to say I was all-state, even coming from an un-athletic family, is really a great feeling.”
Frazier will attend Missouri State in the fall. He plans to run a marathon in the future.
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