Krissy Gear didn’t expect much from herself on the track at Fort Myers High School (FMHS) a decade ago. She started with pole vaulting, just wanting to have some fun. Although she wasn’t aware of it, her coaches and teammates quickly saw glimpses of greatness from Gear.

“My first coach and I started running,” Gear said. “She was like, ‘You’re going to be a state champion.’ At the time I was doing pole [vault]. She was like, ‘You’re going to be a state champion in the mile.’ I was like, ‘You’re insane.'”

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