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Huggett inducted into RFHS Hall of Fame

Ellsworth High School assistant track and field coach Kim Huggett was inducted into the River Falls High School Hall of Fame last weekend.

Kim (Robey) Huggett graduated from River Falls High School in 1979. She also attended UW-River Falls from 1980-1984 and 1985-86 part-time.

Huggett was a three sport athlete at River Falls High School, competing in volleyball, basketball and track. She lettered in volleyball from 1977-79, and the 1978 team was regional champion. She lettered in basketball in 1978 and 79, receiving All-Middle Border Conference honorable mention as a junior and all-conference as a senior.

In track, she lettered all four years, competing in the 100 meter dash, 200 meter dash, relays, and long jump, setting a new school record of 16-feet, 9-1.2-inches in the long jump. She was the conference champion in the long jump in 1979 and a sectional qualifier four straight years. In 1979, she was named local radio station WEVR's Outstanding Female Athlete.

While attending UWRF from 1980-1984, Huggett was a two sport athlete, competing in volleyball and track. She was named UWRF's Most Improved player in volleyball in 1980-81 and was named the team's Most Dedicated player in 1983.

While on the UWRF track team, Huggett competed in long jump, 100 meter dash, relays and triple jump her senior year -- the first year for women to compete in that event at the college level. She set the UWRF triple jump record in 1984 with a distance of 36-feet, 8 ¼-inches, a mark that stood for 13 years. She also held the UWRF long jump record for 19 years.

Huggett went to Nationals all four years in the long jump, in the 100 meters her freshman year and in the triple jump her senior year. She was an All-American in the long jump in senior year, placing fourth. She also placed seventh in the triple jump, one place from being an All-American.

Huggett has been employed at Ellsworth High School as an aide with Special Education students since 1993 and has coached at Ellsworth for many years. She started coaching middle school volleyball then went to the high school from 2000-2010.

She has been assistant track coach at Ellsworth for 24 years, coaching the long jump, triple jump and high jump. She has guided many jumpers to the State Meet, and had one state champion and numerous place winners.

Kim married Phil Huggett, her high school sweetheart. They have been married 30 years and have four wonderful children: Sarah, Lindsey, Luke and Samantha. They also have three wonderful grandchildren. Kim and Phil live in El Paso, Wis. where they own their own business, The El Paso Bar and Grill, since 1996. Their children have all worked there with their parents to make it a successful business.

She would like to thank former Ellsworth High School Athletic Director and coach Kirby Symes for his continued persistence for her to coach in Ellsworth. She has had the opportunity to work with many great people and athletes.