Even with track being her secondary sport, Nixa’s Alie Kamies has collected her share of firsts during her brief career.
Kamies, who won both the 100 in 13.35 and the 200 in 27.8 at the Republic Relays last week, is in only her second full season running sprints. She made State in her first go-around as a junior last year.
“In junior high, I was playing both volleyball and basketball and it was just too much (to do three sports),” Kamies said. “When I decided not to volleyball my freshman year, I thought, 'Well, I might as well try track.'
“I didn't run the first half of the season because of a hip flexor,” she added. “It took me a while to adjust to a new sport.”
Kamies’ personal records are 12.9 in the 100 and 27.5 in the 200.
“I kind of just go out there and try to run as fast as I can,” she said. “I don't have the experience most of these people have.”
Kamies figures she inherited her natural talent as a sprinter from her mother, Krisan.
“She wanted to see what I could do with (track),” Kamies said. “She went to State in high school and had a scholarship to (Kansas), but had to have back surgery. She's my role model for track and my Dad is my role model for basketball. They're both kind of experts in track and basketball. It works out well.”
Kamies is teaming with Brooklyn Bidinger, Camila Figuerora and Taylor Hopper to form a 4 x 400 relay capable of making a run at State.
“I’ve been focusing more on the 4 x 400, that's my main goal,” Kamies said.
Nixa’s other winners at Republic were Emily Harris in the 800 (2:26), Carley Brumley in the 100 hurdles (16.34), Halle Hanna in the shot put (33-51/4) and Mya Coalson in the pole vault (9-3).
The Lady Eagles’ 4 x 200 relay was first (1:49)
Figueroa was second in the 100 hurdles (17.8), as was the Lady Eagles’ 4 x 800 relay (10:51) and Ashlyn Allison in the discus (99-73/4).
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