By Jeremy McDonald
STAYTON, Ore.– Multi-sports are common of course in High School athletics. But of course, playing two sports in one sports season is a whole different animal.
For Gervais’ Lily McCargar, juggling Track and Field with softball was no easy feat with at times her running in between the two sports in the same day. It was stressful, but she knows next season will be similar as she’s planning on doing both sports again.
“I definitely had a few stressful moments, but I think overall I handled it pretty well and I’m excited for next year. I’m doing both again,” starts McCargar. “That’ll be a lot more stressful, especially with a longer season and hopefully it all goes well.”
Thankfully on Saturday she only had to focus on Track. Qualifying for State in the 100-meter dash with her District Runner-up time behind Kennedy’s Emma Beyer as well as played anchor-leg of the Cougars 4×100-relay team that too qualified for the State Race in Union on May 22.
In the Javelin, McCargar had to go up against a tough field. Sara Vetter of Regis and Annabelle Brawley from Salem Academy posted up some big numbers. Both at 102-feet-11-inches and 109-feet-11-inches respectively for Vetter and Brawley.
But McCargar stayed within herself and won the event with a throw of 115-feet-3-inches for the District Title.
“I was really nervous at first, but then when I threw 112 I was like ‘alright I’m on a roll’,” McCargar described the event. “And then I threw a 115 and I was pretty happy about that. I was like ‘alright let’s go!’ But yeah I thought I did pretty well…The wind was blowing perfectly.”
Katie Hanson continued her roll. Pulling away from the field in her 400-meter win, exploding out of the blocks and rolled to her 200-meter dash win. All while winning the Long Jump and helping the 4×100 meter relay team qualify for the State Meet.
Her Long Jump (16-feet-3.5-inch) and 200-meter (26.74) results are PR’s for the Senior.
“I did pretty good. I PR’d in my Long Jump and the 200, season-record in the 4 and I know we PR’d in the 4×1 so that’s really good,” Hanson said.
What’s scary too, Hanson eluded too as well is that if they pieced together their handoffs, they’ll be solid come the State Meet.
Gervais’ Javier Rodriguez was third in the 800-meter race with a time of 2:12.91 and Auggie Guido was tied for fourth with East Linn Christian’s Zan Morgan with a five-foot-two-inch High Jump.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald