FINISHING STRONG: Cascade Seniors End Careers On High Note

By Jeremy McDonald

jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com

EUGENE, Ore.– For Elisa Kanoff and Brandon Martin, Saturday’s Day 2 finale was also the finale of their High School careers.

Kanoff, who barely missed the mark to compete in the 200 meter finals, used that frustration as fuel for during the 4×100 meter run to start Day two.

“Yesterday it was really hard because I had no way of take out my anger of how I performed and today, I just let it all out and I felt relaxed and I feel more happy,” said Kanoff.

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Kanoff looking up at the scoreboard following her 200 meter prelim race Friday (Picture By Jeremy McDonald)

The relay team that was ranked last entering the heats Saturday afternoon, left a lasting mark by finishing tenth-overall with a 52.39 time and good enough for second in their heat

“It’s so exciting to take second-place in our heat, I was so happy and as soon as I gave my handoff to Renae Beckmann, I was cheering for her,” said Kaelyn Worst.  “No other of the team were cheering, but I was so happy for us knowing that we got our handoffs and got the race started.

“And as soon as E got her hand-off, she was gone and I knew we weren’t going to get last and it was super exciting.”

For ‘E’, it was probably the best thing next to a State Title she could ask for to end her Cascade High School career with.

“It was my best last race that I can ever asked for, we all went out with all of our hearts and it was a good way to end Senior Year and the last track meet,” said Kanoff.  56

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Brandon Martin looking up at the board following his 200 meter finals race Saturday afternoon (Picture by Jeremy McDonald)

Martin too finished his High School strong with a fifth-place finish in the 100 meter dash (11.27) and fourth in the 200 meter dash (22.91) as he just absorbed the environment around him for his last two times wearing the black and yellow of Cascade.

“During this whole day just taking it all in and I believe I accomplished that and that’s one of the best things that I’ve experienced on this track meet,” said Martin. “Not only the placing, but just taking it all in and I really feel like I did that.

“And just in terms of improvement from last year, it’s unbelievable.  It’s crazy where the coaches have really helped me and pushed me to get better, I just can’t thank them enough for that.  Just taking it all in, it’s been an amazing four years here at Cascade and I wouldn’t change a thing.”

As the seniors leave for college following this season, they’ll leave behind a foundation for the underclassmen to build from entering next season.

“What we left the team it’ll leave open for other leaders to step up and to take on our role we left behind and I think we left a good job for our new leaders to take over for us,” starts Kanoff.

“In terms of leadership, all of us, all of us seniors have left a impact on all the underclassmen and just helping them out and helping them becoming better athletes,” continues Martin.  “And I can’t wait to see those underclassmen go and we’ll continue to teach them as much as we can and they’ll definitely be at this level soon-to-come.”

One of those underclassmen in Kalulu Ngaida is already setting the pace and building from that foundation for next years squad as she adds a second-place triple jump finish to her fourth-place long jump finish Friday.

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