Hall of Fame Inductee - Matthew Flachs
Simply put, Matt Flachs is the most accomplished distance
runner in Quincy High School history.
The 1996 QHS graduate is the only runner in school history
to medal at the state cross country meet, finishing 20th
in Class AA in 1994.
The next fall, he helped
the Blue Devils capture
their first sectional
championship in school
history. Along the way,
he captured back-toback
Western Big Six
On the track, Flachs
was equally talented.
He finished sixth in the
1,600-meter run finals
at the Class AA state
track meet in 1996. He
also a WB6 title in the
800 run and was part of two WB6 championship relay teams
in the 1,600 and the 3,200.
After running a year each at Southwestern Michigan College
and Danville Area Community College, Flachs wrapped
up his career at Western Michigan. He finished 10th at the
Mid-American Conference championships.
Flachs and his wife, Amy, have two kids and live in Fort
First and foremost, I would like to give praise and glory
to my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, for saving me from
myself. I can only give Him the full credit for all my earthly
accomplishments. I am deeply grateful for being inducted
into the Quincy Senior High School Athletic Hall of Fame.
This truly is a great honor and I am so thankful for all my
student-athlete experiences during my high school years and I
am proud to be a graduate of Quincy Senior High School.
My junior year of high school, I was encouraged to
change direction from soccer to cross country, a decision
with which I am still thankful for. Because of this decision,
I was blessed to be challenged both physically and mentally,
privledged to be coached by men I respected and admired,
and had the honor of competing and representing QHS with
my fellow teammates.
I do have many people to thank and I know I would not
have been inducted if it wasn’t for all those people. To start, I
want to thank my parents, Patrick and True Flachs, for being
my number one fans and my biggest supporters. It always
made me proud to see them at almost every sporting event
throughout my life. Even if I was only going to run two short
track races in Buffalo, N.Y., they were there to encourage me
to do my best. So thank you Mom and Dad!
I would like to thank my high school coach, Ty Wolf,
who undertood how to lead, motivate, and inspire myself and
my teammates. Coach Wolf was a Division I collegiate All-
American who brought a tremendous amount of compassion
and “will to win” to QHS in a manner that took the distance
program to a whole new level. He taught us not only how to
win in cross country and track races, but most importantly,
how to win in life. I must also thank my friends, and former
teammates, Andy Rose, Jim Lowary, Eric Davis, Adam
Spory, Joe Skiles, Mat Littleton and David Clark. All of these
individuals deserve to share a part of this induction. All were
fierce competitors who were committed to making each team
member better throughout each season.
Andy Rose was a great mentor to me and the leader of
our teams who taught me the toughness it took to win races.
I must give Jim Lowary an extra thank you, because he would
never let me skip a 5:30 am morning run, no matter what. So
thanks Jim for teaching me that the extra work put in really
pays off. Eric, Adam, Joe, Mat and David were some of the
best teammates I’ve ever had and I feel privledged to have
had the opportunit y to compete with them.
I would also like to thank my older brothers, Mark and
Greg Flachs. Mark and Greg taught me at an early age how to
run and how to run fast because they were chasing me due to
some childhood antics. Mark and Greg were amazing athletes
themselves and I really had an opportunity to learn from
them as they competed in their own athletic events.
And finally, I would like to thank Coach Kerry Anders
for his wisdom and leadership and the Hall of Fame Committee
for selecting me into an overwhelmingly group of elite
In closing, I and my teammates shared many individual
and team successes in cross country and track meets in the
Western Big Six Conference, regional, sectional and state
competitions. I will never forget the good ol’ days of QHS
cross country and track. Fire up!
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