Fennimore’s Last Ride

By Jeremy McDonald

jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com

SALEM, Ore.– A few weeks ago, Andrea Fennimore was finishing an incredible run at the OSAA 6A State Championships with a fifth-place finish in the long jump.

Now, let’s fast forward two weeks.

Fennimore’s practicing once more at the McKay football stadium where she’s been for so many practices in her career; this time practicing her shot-put and javelin.

Whoa, wait a second.  Shot-put and Javelin?

Here’s why, Fennimore is training for one last ride, one more meet, one more thrill of competition.

This time at the two-day Salem Track Club’s Multi-Event Meet this weekend at South Salem High School where she’s competing in the Heptathlon.

That’s seven events!

“I don’t want track season to be over,” Fennimore said with a smile.  “I feel like I hit my peak right at the end of the season so it’ll be just fun to compete and see how I do.  Plus I like learning the throwing events and stuff, now I’m addicted to javelin.

“It’s just a lot of fun doing it and I just want to see what I can do.  See if these weeks off given me anymore energy or anything.”

Earlier Friday, Fennimore and one other McKay Royal Scot were honored by the Salem Sports and Breakfast Club were both nominated as Athletes of the Year.

Something, said Fennimore, she was surprised about.  But she was thankful at the same time about.

“I was really surprised and I was just really thankful.  I didn’t expect it and I was really thankful that they thought I was good enough for it because any honor that has to do with sports and honor and I love it.”

For Royal Scots Track and Field Coach Curt Everetts, he’s just impress how far Fennimore has come since the first time he saw her in sixth grade, and to see her have one final crack at something before she leaves High School is awesome.
“It’s pretty cool, I’ve seen her when she was a sixth grader and to see where she’s come and where she’s going I can’t really express how happy I am for her,” said Everetts.  “It’s pretty cool, I’m not going to lie, it’s really cool.

“Her and I talked at the beginning of the season how she really wanted to do (the Salem Track Club Multi-Event Meet), she really wanted to do this for two years and so it’s going to be exciting.  This is going to be the end of her high school career and I’m excited about it.”

As she leaves the football stadium, Fennimore hopes to get a mark in javelin and shot-put as she leaves it all out on the track this weekend before she goes to Oregon State University in the fall.

“It’s just mostly self-motivation,” said Fennimore.  “Who knows when I’m going to compete in track again or if I ever will so  this is kind of like my final thing in high school that I’m going to do.  It’s more I want to do this and I think it’s going to be fun and I think it’s going to be good for me.”

Nerves are there perhaps, but Fennimore is just excited for the task ahead.

“I’m not really nervous I’m just really exciting and I want to throw,” she said.  “Even though I haven’t really done javelin, I want to do better than I think I can do so I’m being tough on myself so that I’m motivated and ready to go.”

As for her major in college, that’s a whole another story.

“I thought about teaching kindergarten, just because I love little kids and it just makes me happy being around them,” she started.  “But the more ambitious part of me really wants to major in something with social justice and the law, so I don’t know, but I’ll probably change my mind a million more times so I’m not set on anything.”

Day one of the two-day event starts bright and early Saturday with the 100 meter Hurdles, High Jump, Shot Put and the 200 meters before turning around Sunday and doing the Long Jump, Javelin and 800 meters.

Both days start at 10am.

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