By Jeremy McDonald
INDEPENDENCE, Ore – Juggling two sports at once is never an easy task to do. Whenever you’re not doing one sport, you’re practicing for the other and it can be tiring both physically and mentally.
But Sydney Lawrence found a way to juggle both softball and Track and Field this season as the five-foot-three Junior placed and PR’d in the javelin Friday afternoon at Western Oregon University.
“It was pretty hard, it just kind of depends,” starts Lawrence. “Softball, like gamedays obviously we have practice before. If we had a track meet that weekend or something, I had a practice for Track that Thursday and we switched over. Like half-way I have some softball practice and then switch to Track practice so I balanced it pretty well.”
Her and Alyssa Lux, who finished ninth in the javelin with a 93-feet-9-inch toss, Lawrence PR-throw of 111-feet-9-inched helped place fourth in the 1A State Meet.
“That’s pretty great. That’s my PR for this year, to get it at State it’s pretty awesome for me,” said Lawrence.
Entering her Senior Year next year, Lawrence is looking forward to hitting the weight room and improve on those numbers as the four-sport athlete looks to improve on her PR to close out her High School career.
“I’m hoping to practice through the summer and get a little bit better. Next year also, I’ll have a weight training class because I don’t have any PE classes this year so I’m hoping to build muscle in that class too.”
Perrydale’s Amity Deters added another, two actually, State Titles to her resume during the first day of the 1A State Track and Field Meet with the High Jump (five-foot-three-inch) and the Long Jump (17-feet-5.5-inches) to her State Title in the High Jump last season.
“To be honest, I thought I would never be able to do this. But I’m really proud of myself and I think it’s really awesome,” said Deters.
With the Junior having a change for the Triple Crown in the Jumps Saturday with the Triple Jump, something she is seeded first in but ranked second in 1A at, and possibly another title chance in the 4×100 relay where the Perrydale sprinters are ranked third, seated second.
So the possibility that Deters could help bring home four State Titles this weekend for the 1A Pirates.
Sophie Junghans PR’d in the 400 meter run with a 1:03.09 time to qualify her for the 400 meter finals Saturday at Western Oregon University.