By Jeremy McDonald
EUGENE, Ore.– It was a day to remember for the McKay Track and Field team at Legendary Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon.
The speedy sophomore in Israel Garza performed well enough in the 100 meter (10.92) and 200 meter (22.16) race OSAA 6A Finals Saturday on the legendary track that will host the Olympic Trials here in just a few weeks.
But the bigger news that came out of the meet for the Royal Scots was a senior.
The senior placed fifth in the finals with a jump of 17 feet and one-half inches, just a inch and a quarter behind fourth place.
For Fennimore, she was excited with how she finished Friday.
“I was not expecting to perform, let lone place like I did,” she started. “I am super grateful for my coaches, especially my jump coach for keeping me mentally ready to go. And it was super cool having my teammates there!”
The competition was similar to that of the Greater Valley Conference District Meet described Fennimore, so the nerves were on the down-low.
“It was like the District Meet again, which was nice because I knew what to expect and I was not as nervous as I would have been in other circumstances. The weather was great and it was all good vibes and feelings down there by the pit.
“Overall, it was just a fun day and I’m blessed to have finished my senior year with that. Now I’m excited to watch Izzy (Israel Garza) run tomorrow and our 4×1 boys team! Also to watch the girls triple jump competitions.”
The Triple Jump was one of the few events that Fennimore competed during her senior year.
For McKay Head Coach Curt Everetts was ecstatic with how his athletes performed Day One of the State Meet and couldn’t explain how excited he is of Fennimore and how excited he is for the Final Day of the State Meet Saturday.
“Our kids performed as well as I could have imagined. I am so happy and proud of Israel and Andrea,” said Everetts. “With a fifth place finish, Andrea becomes my first state placer, as a head coach, and it couldn’t have happen to a better person, she is an amazing kid!
“We are excited beyond words to see what tomorrow has in store for Israel and the 4x100m relay. This is what they have been working so hard for all season long.”
For more information with how the Scots are doing Day Two, follow the Track and Field page on Twitter at @JustRunMcK or follow the McKay Athletic Booster Club Page and the Scotsman Daily Page on Facebook!