By Jeremy McDonald
TURNER, Ore.– Being tenacious has been one of the main characteristics of Cascade’s Ashley Fraser her whole life. Middle School going into High School and now into college following her signing her Letter of Intent to run Track at Bushnell University in Eugene.
Her tenacity helped her win the 400-meter Oregon West Conference District Title as a Senior, mix in her leadership and the 4×400 meter relay team went to the State Meet. Not to mention her third-place finish in the 200-meter dash at the District Meet as well.
“That drive has been so important for me that I did qualify for State and place the way I did, so it’s a huge factor in that because I wouldn’t be here if not for my tenacity, my drive and passion for it all,” Fraser said.
Fraser would finish third in the 400-meter race at the State Meet. Picking up a PR-time of 1:00.20 in the prelims before picking up a time of 1:00.48 in the final race, capping off a Senior season that saw her finally picking up a District Title in an individual event.
It comes on the heels of three-straight years of being close to accomplishing the feat as she was part of four-total State qualifying relay teams over the course of her three-year High School career. Fraser was also part of the 4×400-relay team that won the 4A State Title this Spring.
“That’s been my goal the last four year to go to State in an individual event so I’m happy that I was able to do that,” said Fraser.
The uniqueness of this year was something else too with the condensed seasons as it was for everyone, but for her, going from Cross Country-to-Track helped her in her primary sport of Track. Obviously paying off as stated above, but now she’ll need to carry that over to the four-year level where she’ll be going up against some strong talent from schools like Southern Oregon University and Corban University in the Cascade Collegiate Conference.
Something that she is ready for, looking to bridge her tenacity and leadership traits from High School to the Collegiate-level.
“I think the same drive and passion will be there like it is now for college, so I think that’ll be really good to have,” “It will all carry over and I think it’ll be somewhat the same but it’ll be at a higher-level. But we’ll see what happens, but I think having that tenacity and all of that stuff will be really good to have to carry over.”