North Kansas City Schools former Track and Cross Country coach Todd Warner will be inducted into the Missouri Track & Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame later this year. Warner was with the district for 30 years before retiring this past spring, according to a district press release. He spent the first half of his career at his alma mater, Oak Park High School, as a physical education instructor along with serving as the head cross country and track and field coach. In 2008, his career transitioned to Staley High School, where he served as a physical education instructor and head cross country and track and field coach. In 2018, Warner coached the Staley cross country team to the district’s first showing at state competition, taking third. At Staley High School, he also had the opportunity to coach both of his sons, Jack and Charlie Warner. While a student at Oak Park, Warner was an award-winning track athlete. He became the state champion in the 800-meter and also held the school’s record in that event for 25 years. Warner also was the anchor leg on the 4x800 team, which held the school record for five years. Warner graduated in 1981. According to a district release, Warner, known by his peers as the 800 “guru,” left a long legacy in the running world and in the lives of the athletes he coached. The induction ceremony is scheduled to be Dec. 11 in Columbia.
Cross country coach Todd Warner will be inducted into the Missouri Track & Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame in early December.