Adams edges Haviland with coin flip


Athletes of the Month

September 30, 2019 - 10:17 AM

For the first time in the Register’s history of Allen County Area Athletes of the Month… we had a tie!

Iola’s Jack Adams and Humboldt’s Conor Haviland received 58 votes apiece to be the male nominee. 

On the girls’ side, Iola’s Rachel Bycroft edged Marmaton Valley’s Bailey Griffith. 

In order to break a tie, I went to the top to get some clarification. Register editor and publisher, Susan Lynn, suggested I flip a coin. It was a best two out of three, with Haviland representing heads, and Adams on tails. Adams won both flips. 

Adams is the Mustangs’ number-one cross country runner and has been in fine form to start the 2019 season. Adams finished first individually in meets at Anderson County and Parsons. Most recently, Adams secured second place in Iola’s solo home meet of the season. This Saturday, Adams medaled at the Rim Rock competition in Lawrence by placing 12th.

When head coach Marv Smith was looking for answers after the Fillies lost their top-three cross country runners from a season ago, Bycroft fulfilled his request. Bycroft has cemented herself as Iola’s number-one runner, and is coming off a third-place finish at Iola’s Doc Stiles Invitational meet. 

Nominations are officially now open for October. If you have an athlete you think is worthy of being featured. Email us at [email protected] or go to, and include a brief explanation of why they deserve to be nominated. 

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