By Jeremy McDonald
PERRYDALE, Ore.– The greatness and career of one Amity Deters will continue once things get back to normal across the landscape.
After a successful career in which the Perrydale athlete broke school records in the Triple, High and Long Jump, etched her name into the record books with the 4×100 meter relay team; Deters was given opportunity to further her jumping and sprinting career in Monmouth starting next year.
“I am so excited to make the transition from Perrydale to Western Oregon, but I think there are going to be a lot of changes,” starts Deters of the opportunity. “As you would expect going from a high school to college. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to compete in college athletics, and I can’t wait to get back on the track/field.
“Not being able to compete this year has been tough, but I’m blessed to know that I will be able to compete again.”
After a freshman year that she finished ninth in the 300 meter hurdles and placing in the High Jump and Long Jump, Deters picked up a State Championship in the high Jump. Winning the event with a jump of five-foot-two-inches while helping the Pirates 4×100 meter relay team to a 1A State Runner-Up finish.
Her Junior Year was spectacular. Besides helping the 4×100 relay team to a third-place finish, Deters picked up the trilogy of State Championships in the Long Jump (17-feet-5.5-inches), Triple Jump (35-4.75-inches) and High Jump (five-foot-three-inches). She hit five-foot-five-inches earlier in the year in the High Jump.
As bittersweet it is knowing her Senior Year wouldn’t come to be in her defending her State Titles, defending it one more time in the High Jump especially, she’ll be jumping and doing sprints at Western Oregon University starting next year.
With her playing Soccer in the Fall, Basketball in the Winter while at Perrydale, Deters was only able to work on her craft on the track a few months out of the year. With her being able to focus on it year-long will help her in improving while she prepares for what is to come ahead.
“I have worked hard to accomplish my goal, and last year I fulfilled it by winning state titles in all three of my individual events, and also placing third in a relay,” said Deters. “I think that during my time at Perrydale I was dedicated, but only for one sports season because I played other sports.
“As I move to college athletics, I am going to be training all year, so I hope that comes with improvements. With the current situation, it’s disappointing that we aren’t able to compete, but I have been training at home.”