Derek Hantsbarger, 35, a graduate of Alta High School and a noted football and track and field performer for the Cyclones, and later as a walk-on at Wayne State College in Wayne, Neb., won Florida's 35-39 age group 100 meters (11.46), 200 meters (24.3), and 400 meters (57.1). His 100 meter and 400 meter times were best overall an all age groups, including 18-19 year-olds.
Derek is the son of 1967 WHS graduate Jon Hantsbarger, and the grandson of Betty Hantsbarger of Cherokee. Jon ran track for the Braves and was on the mile relay team that set an Iowa High School record in 1967 that stood for more than 25 years.
Derek competed in the statewide annual event for all Florida firefighters and every branch of law enforcement. He works for the Broward County Sheriff's Office and lives in Ft. Lauderdale.
He received his college degree in Exercise Science at Wayne State and followed his parents to Florida. Working as a personal trainer, he taught exercise, nutrition, and body building. In 2006 he began working for the Broward County Sheriff's Office, training officers and recruits to improve their overall strength and health by proper nutrition and exercise. He has written several articles for law enforcement and taught at other agencies on those topics.
Besides winning three Gold Medals in the track competition, he won the Silver Medal at the "Toughest Competitor Alive," also a part of the Florida Games. He won four of eight events, including the 100 meters, 3-mile run, obstacle course, and bench press (325 pounds) in the all-day event.