By Sam Jack
On Friday, two track and field stars were inducted into the Campus High School Activities and Athletics Hall of Fame.
Terri Anderson, who now coaches throwers at Southwestern College in Winfield, is a Class 6A State champion in the discus, and she currently holds the Class 6A state discus record.
Anderson and her mother, Katy (Martindale) Anderson, are one of the only mother-daughter duos to win a State title in the same event.
In addition to track and field, Anderson was a member of the last Campus volleyball team to win a substate title, in 2006, and she earned a letter for the Campus bowling team one year. She still comes and helps out at Campus’ summer volleyball camps, when she is available.
She was taken by surprise when she was informed that she would be inducted into the hall of fame.
“I was at practice, so I got a message, ‘I’m with the Campus High School Hall of Fame,’ and right then I knew I was going to be inducted,” Anderson said. “I called my mom next, and said, ‘Hey Mom, guess what? I’m going to get inducted into the hall of fame.’ She said, ‘Yeah, I know.’”
Someone had called Katy Anderson to get Terri’s contact information, but Katy did not spoil the surprise.
Terri Anderson said she was inspired by her older brother, Casey, to get involved in sports. She is glad she did and looks back fondly on her high-school days.
“It was really fun. It’s nice that people still remember who you are, to get inducted like that,” she said.
While Anderson excelled in throwing, this year’s other inductee, Robert Hephner, excelled in jumping. He was a standout for Campus in hurdles, high jump, triple jump and long jump.
In 2005, his senior year, Hephner was top in the Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League in all four of those events. At State, he was champion in the triple jump, runner-up in the high jump, and medaled in long jump and hurdles.
After high school, Hephner planned to compete on the Wichita State track team, but an injury changed his trajectory. He left Wichita State and started working for the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office. When he took the agility test required in order to become an officer, he covered an obstacle course in record time.
Hephner’s first job with the department was as a detention officer. Today, he is in charge of the department’s active-shooter readiness program, giving presentations for schools and businesses, and he is a member of the Wichita/Sedgwick County SWAT team.
He said he took the confidence he developed through sports into his career.
“It made a huge difference. It was valuable, not only to have that experience with competitiveness in those athletic sports, but just the ability to achieve accomplishments and feel what that hard work can achieve,” he said.