Track & Field
THIRD YEAR IN A ROW – MCA GIRLS WIN 2A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP!
Congratulations to Coach Nick Knight for being recognized by the Kansas Track & Field coaches association as 2A Girls Coach of the Year 2013!
2013 HS Girls repeat as 2A State Champions!
Boys end up tied for 8th overall.
Junior High & High School Track
The Eagle track program has a rich tradition of excellence. That journey begins in 6th grade under the direction of head coach Suzy Manning. The JH teams compete strongly in 7 meets on their schedule with history of some stellar individual and team accomplishments.
The high school program is built on a legacy of high participation and a hunger to excel. MCA athletes hold two individual State records in the boys 3200 and the girl’s pole vault. Additionally MCA has had many other State winners and regularly competes for the State title. The high school teams compete in 8 regular season meets including the Crossroads Conference and then run in regionals.
The program received national recognition for their act of sportsmanship by the 4×800 girls relay team at the state meet in 2009 when the 4 girls willingly gave up their gold medals to a team which had won the race but was disqualified during the their event.
High School Head Coach: Nick Knight (3 years)
I am a father of two little boys named Abram and Jonah and have the most wonderful wife, Trina. We have only been tied to Maranatha for one year, however, have enjoyed our countless meetings with the families, kids, and coaches through different sports in the past. So much so that we knew this was the school for us. In our free time we like to run, bike, swim and play in the back yard. I graduated from the University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth, Kansas, where we currently reside. Our church home is Grace Fellowship EFCA in Overland Park which we have attended for the past 5 years and are active members. A little of my track background: I was a 3a State champion in the 400m dash, which was my preferred race. I was also a two time NJCAA Coaches All-American in indoor track. In college I ran a 21.9 in the 200m, 48.12 in the 400m, and a 2:00 flat in the 800m. I also High Jumped 6′ 4″ and Long Jumped 21′ 6″. I feel extremely blessed to be a part of Maranatha and look forward to many years to come as the track and field coach.
High School Assistant Coach: Bernie Zarda
High School Assistant Coaches: Kevin McCracken, Randall Henderson, Trina Knight
Junior High Head Coach: Suzy Manning
This is my 10th year at Maranatha. I teach K-9 Pe and coach JH XC and track. My husband is also an educator for KCK and we have 4 children. Two are MA grads and we have a son who is a senior and a sophomore daughter this year. I have lived in Kansas all my life and attended Shawnee Mission North where I held the record in the mile for eleven years, then went on to Emporia State University. My hero in life is Bianca Willliams, not only for the many marathons and ironman she has done, but because of her enthusiasm and passion for life and coaching at MA.
Junior High Assistant Coach: Trina Knight
Trina is the wife of Nick and loves coaching track. She has enjoyed her husbands experiences here with the MCA family and is making an impact with the younger athletes that will develop them for their high school track careers. We are excited that Trina has come on board and look forward to her additions to our track and field program.