Currently there isn't much Activities Director Gary Crusha isn't trying to do for the Paris Athletic Department, and I'm not quite sure what else he could be doing.

Not only is he the current varsity football coach, but he's also the varsity boys and girls track and field coach and in the summer he works as a basketball referee. One of the issues that comes with both of those coaching positions is low roster numbers, but if the Coyotes made the switch to eight-man football their numbers could fall even farther. A co-op with another school is also another possibility for either program.

The problem with that idea is the main program has to handle all the expenses while the other school is forced to deal with issues including constant travel and a lack of input regarding final decisions. However you look at it these programs are still in the best of hands. It just makes it hard to find the schools next individual champions under circumstances such as these.

For example, it was 1993 when Jason Kiser won the High Jump for the Paris boys with a height of 6-06.0, and when a roster is spread too thin it makes feats such as that even harder to reach. Brian Meny also won that very same event for this team in 1985 with a mark of 6-05.0 in addition to claiming victory in the long jump with a distance of 22-09.0. The Coyotes won the 4 x 200 Relay in 2016 by clocking in at 1:32.88, as well.

As far as the retired events, in the Broad Jump in 1943 an individual named Willis was victorious with a distance of 20-03.5.

According to MSHSAA.org in the history of Paris athletics there has been only one other individual champion and that was in 2010 when Cody Dawson of the girls track and field squad won the Pole Vault by reaching a height of 9-00.0.