By Jeremy McDonald
SHERIDAN, Ore.—“Just kind of taking a-day at the time, just keeping my ears open and my eyes open. I’ll be devasted, it’ll really hurt. I am prepared. I am prepared if it comes down to that,” Kaden Eggers said Monday afternoon.
It was a picture-perfect Monday afternoon. The sun was blazing in an early April fashion, the wind reminding you it was still Mid-March. A few kids were in the Sheridan home football grandstands, hanging out for a bit before heading to the Pole Vault pit as the Coronavirus Spring Break was in its first day.
Down on the track, nearest to the grandstands, Eggers found himself putting in some work on his own in the Triple Jump Pit. Around him, the doubt if the Senior would be able to compete his Senior Season in track as he sets up cones that’ll help him with his Hop-Stop-and Jump.
Coaches aren’t allowed to help coach the kids during this time, kind of a Moratorium Week 2.0 in a way as everyone tries to ‘flatten the curve’ of the virus in the coming days as Eggers laced up his new Triple Jump shoes.
“It’s going to give me a head start on everyone,” said Eggers. “I don’t know what other people are doing…it just gives me a head start. I’m excited for it, but with everything that’s going on…I’m hoping they don’t cancel.
“My goal this year is to win that State Title for Triple Jump and maybe a State Title in another event. We’re not known as a State Championship winning school. Ronni (VanZant), she had her four years and she did great, but there is no one in this generation that has been putting in work like her.”
VanZant was a Senior Eggers Sophomore year, winning State Titles in the 100-meter, 200-meter and Long Jump her final year as a Spartan and having gone to State her four years. Leaving that legacy that has reverberated for Eggers. Leaving behind the blueprint and the inspiration for someone to look from in his drive to Hayward Field in Eugene.
“It showed me that I can shoot for the stars my Senior Year. I’ve been putting in so much work lately, there’s no point in giving up,” said Eggers.
Eggers PR’d at the Meet of Champions last season in the Triple Jump at 41-feet-four-inches and was fourth in the District Meet, finishing two-feet-six-inches off the pace set by State Runner-Up Cesar Sepulveda of Jefferson (43-feet-10-inches). Sepulevada graduated, leaving an opportunity for someone new to take the District Crown.
But, as Eggers finished up his workout Monday. It’s just a waiting game now to see if that’ll even be a possibility for his dream of a State Title to be a reality by the time he graduates.