TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Terre Haute’s own Kylie Hutson will become MVC royalty this weekend when she is elected into the MVC Hall of Fame.
Kylie Hutson says,”Actually my track coach in high school he came over to me and said you are a gymnaist right, you were a diver right? Yeah. How about you try pole vaulting.”
Kylie Hutson didn’t just try pole vaulting, she wrote the book and made the movie. After a stellar career at Terre Haute North, Hutson brought her hunger to ISU Track and Field.
Associate Head Coach Jeff Martin says,”Her desire to be the best. She wanted to be good at everything she did. We recognized it in high school. I was coaching against her at Terre Haute South. We were lucky enough to come here together and once we laid the road map down that’s when things got really interesting and fun.”
Assistant Coach John Gartland says,”She bonded well with Coach Martin. They worked well together and she kept improving each year.”
The seven-time All-Missouri Valley Conference performer has school records in both outdoor and indoor pole vault. She also holds the MVC Championship meet records in both of these events, plus she’s the league’s all-time record holder in the sport, but that was just the beginning.
Martin says,”I always tell people that there are two things that really set her apart. One was her freshman year at her outdoor, we didn’t jump the way we wanted and we sat up in the stands and she said what do I need to do to be the best and we laid some things out and the second was the 2008 Olympic Trails. Those two things set everything in motion.”
Hutson would go on to win four national championships in both indoor and outdoor pole vault and wrap up her Sycamore career as a five-time All-American.
Gartland says,”Kylie did such a great job for us. Her four years were marked by excellence in everything she did. It’s amazing that she had eight opportunities to win the pole vault either indoor or outdoor, she won seven of eight and the only time she didn’t win, is a very fluke vaulting accident where she cut her hand. She missed the meet, but then came back very dramatically in the prelims two weeks later and qualified for nationals and won a title.”
She is the definition of a stellar Sycamore who now has a place in the Missouri Valley Conference Hall of Fame.
Gartland says,”She has literally set the bar high for the rest of our athletes.”
Martin says,”She was born and raised here. That’s something that a lot of people take for granted I think, but she is very proud of being from Terre Haute and being an ISU alum and that’s very special.”