By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.– As practice wrapped up on a record-breaking warm day in the City of Salem and they prepared for Picture Day Tuesday afternoon in Olympic Stadium, like a few of the seniors on the team this season like herself, it was a bittersweet moment knowing how much work that not just her but every senior put into the Sprague Track and Field program.
“It’s a bittersweet moment. It’s upsetting that it’s my last one but at the same time I’m glad to say that I’ve participant in this program for four years. It’s my fourth one. So I’ll say it’s very bittersweet,” said Megan Sims on Picture Day 2018.
With her team lining up along Lane 8 waiting to be sorted out for the Team Photo, Sims have been working on her craft of throwing that has set a foundation in which sees her name in the history books of holding the Discus school record and Top 10 throws in the Shot Put and Javelin. And through the years as well saw Lady Oly thrower take part in the USATF Oregon Association Junior Olympic Championships and the West Coast Invite as a junior to help her out as well as the Amity Throws Meet.
“I think doing Jr. Olympics helped me be better because I was working in the off-season and I was working in the off-season before I did Jr. Olympics but I was more specifically working on throwing,” said Sims who finished second in the Discus (110-feet-3.5-inches), sixth in the shot put (33-feet-9.5-inches), tenth in the Javelin (100-feet-11-inches) and tenth in the Hammer Throw (92-feet-11.75-inches) in the Junior Olympics as a Junior.
“I was working more on drilling and not just working on my strength and stuff, so I was constantly doing stuff involving the sport and not just weight training. So it was definitely helping with the drills and stuff.”
And as she PR’d in her three throwing events this season as a senior with the Shot Put (37-feet-two-inches), Javelin (113-feet-three-inches) and Discus (121-feet-two-inches) with Senior Day coming up Wednesday versus Cascade, the excitement in knowing that when the Record Boards that Head Coach Brent Charles is putting up by the basketball gym her name will be on them is awesome to think about as she leaves a legacy for the younger throwers coming up.
“It’s awesome, its like…I can’t even describe it. It makes me really happy to see all the hard-work that I’ve put in, just pay off and be able to say that I am one of the best throwers that Sprague has ever had is a really big accomplishment for me,” said Sims on being apart of history. “I just want to be able to say that I set a really good example of what Sprague Track and Field is. To say that it’s nice to be out in a good environment. It’s a family unit.
“I’ll just like to be able to say Sprague Track and Field is fun and just go out and have fun.”
As her team files one-by-one onto the orange stands that’s holding her and her teammates, Wednesday marks the last time that the Class of 2018 will ever compete in Olympic Stadium in Sprague colors. And though Sims doesn’t want to think too far ahead of herself, the emotions will run high when the Meet with the Cougars is over and Coach Charles is honoring her and the other seniors around her roughly at about 6:45pm or maybe sooner.
“It’s very weird, I don’t know. I’m probably going to be a little emotional, I’ll be an emotional wreck but yeah it’s weird, I don’know. I don’t want to think about it,” starts Sims. “It’s like sad, I’ve been here since freshman year and it’s over.”