Yates Center’s Splechter signs to Kansas State Track/Cross Country

Splechter is a 9X state champion for YCHS
Yates Center’s Splechter signs to Kansas State Track/Cross Country

Yates Center High School senior Hadley Splechter signed his Letter of Intent to continue his athletic career at the college level Thursday afternoon.

Splechter is headed to Manhattan next year to run track and cross country for the Kansas State Wildcats.

“There’s always the pressure to get it signed and get it over with,” Splechter says, “It’s nice to get it out of the way so I can focus on the rest of my senior year.”

Splechter has won 9 state championships in his high school career, seven in track and two in cross country. He currently holds the Kansas 2A state record in the mile with a time of 4:21.7.

Splechter’s decision was narrowed down to Kansas State, the University of Kansas and Wichita State, but he ultimately decided Manhattan is the place he wants to be.

“I had already established a bunch of relationships with the guys on the team. I’ve ran against some of them. So there’s not going to be much of a transition factor in getting to know my teammates,” Splechter adds, “I think that’s what pushed me that way. Also, my brother lives there, so it’s nice to already have someone you know living there.”

Going from a Kansas 2A high school to Division I is a big jump, but it’s a jump his high school cross country coach Rex McVey says he’s ready for.

“Hadley is going to excel wherever he goes, due to the fact that he runs to the competition,” McVey says, “If he knows he’s going to have to work harder to get to that competition, that’s what he’s always going to do. He never backs down from a challenge.”

“Usually kids from small schools like this, they don’t get this opportunity,” adds Splechter ,” It’s really cool. It’s a blessing to be able to do this from such a small school.”