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All-Area Girls Indoor Track & Field Athlete of the Year: Alaysia Oakes, Heritage – Lynchburg News and Advance

Alaysia Oakes

EVENTS: 55 Dash, 300 Dash, 500 Dash, Long Jump, Triple Jump

ALL-STAR STUFF: Alaysia Oakes’ performance at the Class 3 indoor state championships on Feb. 28 and March 1 at Liberty University was not only thrilling, it was historic. She won five individual events at the meet, a rare accomplishment on the high school track and field scene. She scored 50 of Heritage’s 86 points and ensured her team a state title by winning the 55-meter dash (7.09), 300 dash (40.86), 500 dash (1:17.42), long jump (19 feet, 10¾ inches) and triple jump (39 feet, 2½ inches). Four of her victories occurred on the last day of competition. Oakes wasn’t expected to win the 500 dash — this was her first season running the event — but used a strong kick down the final stretch to pull out the victory. Then she entered her final event, the 300, with plenty of confidence. By winning five events, she accomplished a goal she’d had for four years. After it was all over, Oakes called it “a meet to remember,” and that’s just what it was, not just for her, but for everyone who witnessed her performance. With Oakes as the headliner, Heritage won its second straight indoor state championship (and third in program history). She also helped the Pioneers to a runner-up indoor finish during her career. The Stanford signee was forced to sit out much of the ensuing outdoor season with an injury, but her high school career would end in thrilling fashion at June’s outdoor championships. 

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To see the full all-area team, scroll to the bottom of the Q&A with Oakes.


Q: Talk about the leadup to the season. Did you make any special preparations with the end goal being five individual state titles?

A: So, I quit all my other sports beginning junior year because I wanted to focus specifically on track. And junior year, I wasn’t really seeing the results, and I thought maybe that was a bad decision. Other sports make you more versatile. So I was a little hesitant about that. But then I think it just took time to kick in, and I think as I moved into senior year I was able to see the benefits pay off, having that year of just track, just focusing on what I wanted to do. And that was the goal the entire senior year: win five events, win five events. And I wanted to do it for indoor and outdoor. I did it indoor. And I think I was focusing on being more intentional with my practices instead of just doing it to get an extra rep in, but doing the rep right and focusing on technique more. That’s definitely been the game-changer. I think that’s how I was able to win five events.

Q: You used to play volleyball and …

A: And basketball. It was busy. I love those sports, though.

Q: When did you start to feel like you had a legit chance to win five state titles?

A: Honestly, maybe not until districts. Usually my meets don’t really come together. I’ll do good in one event at a meet and I won’t do well across the board at that meet, especially because I don’t compete [in all of my events at every meet]. Bust districts is usually when I can test myself and see how things are aligning. At districts …….

Source: https://newsadvance.com/sports/high-school/all-area-girls-indoor-track-field-athlete-of-the-year-alaysia-oakes-heritage/article_a610ebfe-fe62-11ec-bc54-9f0b60b2c380.html

Alaysia Oakes

EVENTS: 55 Dash, 300 Dash, 500 Dash, Long Jump, Triple Jump

ALL-STAR STUFF: Alaysia Oakes’ performance at the Class 3 indoor state championships on Feb. 28 and March 1 at Liberty University was not only thrilling, it was historic. She won five individual events at the meet, a rare accomplishment on the high school track and field scene. She scored 50 of Heritage’s 86 points and ensured her team a state title by winning the 55-meter dash (7.09), 300 dash (40.86), 500 dash (1:17.42), long jump (19 feet, 10¾ inches) and triple jump (39 feet, 2½ inches). Four of her victories occurred on the last day of competition. Oakes wasn’t expected to win …….

Alaysia Oakes

EVENTS: 55 Dash, 300 Dash, 500 Dash, Long Jump, Triple Jump

ALL-STAR STUFF: Alaysia Oakes’ performance at the Class 3 indoor state championships on Feb. 28 and March 1 at Liberty University was not only thrilling, it was historic. She won five individual events at the meet, a rare accomplishment on the high school track and field scene. She scored 50 of Heritage’s 86 points and ensured her team a state title by winning the 55-meter dash (7.09), 300 dash (40.86), 500 dash (1:17.42), long jump (19 feet, 10¾ inches) and triple jump (39 feet, 2½ inches). Four of her victories occurred on the last day of competition. Oakes wasn’t expected to win …….

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