Lakers’ fantastic four
North Tahoe is sending 26 athletes to the state track meet at Reno High School this Friday and Saturday. Asked to choose four standouts from that group, Lakers head coach Warren Mills named Josh McCready, Sean Wiley, Kelly LeFevers and Kindra Henry.
All are seniors who have put four years of hard work into the Laker track program. Three are throwers ” and all three will be missed.
“We’re going to miss our weight kids,” Mills said.
With one last chance to prove that they all have the potential for greatness, keep an eye on these four seniors this weekend at the state championship.
A distance runner for the track team and a leader on the cross country team, McCready is a running machine. McCready has gone to state in cross country and track all four years. According to Mills, McCready is posting the fastest times of his life right now as he heads into state competition in the two-mile event.
McCready is also very gifted academically and will be attending Olin University in Massachusetts next year, where he will study engineering.
McCready said that he is ready for the state meet, and didn’t expect to make it to state, but had a good showing at divisionals.
“I’m excited, I guess,” McCready said.
He is also excited about leaving for college, and not sad about his high school athletic career coming to a close.
“I’m excited to leave,” McCready said. “It will be good to see new things.”
Another four-year veteran of the North Tahoe track team, Wiley has been tossing weights since he was a freshman. His last discus throw was a personal best for him, and according to Mills, Wiley has been a solid leader for the team, as well as the center for Laker weight kids.
Also a lineman on the football team, Wiley has put in his dues for North Tahoe athletics.
Wiley will be attending American River Community College next year, and has been in contact with the track coach. He is hoping to throw the hammer for his new college, an event that is not available in high school track.
Wiley finished sixth in the shot put at the divisional meet, edged out by one place of qualifying for state by teammate Jeremy Meyers.
Wiley took second place in the discus, with a distance of 137’11” to qualify for the state championship.
LeFevers, who is also an anchor for the Laker volleyball team, has been to state for either discus or shot put all four years.
She says she is looking forward to the state meet, but the big stage is somewhat nerve-racking.
“I’m nervous and really excited,” LeFevers said. “It’s scary, you can choke at any time.”
With the numbers she has been posting, she needn’t worry about choking.
In the divisional meet last weekend, LeFevers had a third-place put of 32′ and a fourth place put of 100’3″.
The senior is not too bummed about leaving high school athletics behind. While she won’t be attending college next year, she doesn’t have anything to feel sad about. She will be on a foreign exchange in Brazil, as she puts it, learning the language and playing volleyball.
Another senior, Henry wins the most improved award from this select group. Now entering her second year of qualifying for state, Mills said “she’s gotten better and better and better each year.”
Mills also singled Henry out as another team leader on the track team.
Henry is stepping up this year, finishing high at divisionals with a third-place discus throw of 103’5″.
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