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Led by Nicolas Hurst, Jack Eubanks and Julia Heimuller, the Newberg school begins '22 season

PMG FILE PHOTO - C.S. Lewis Academy's next meet is for throwers only at the Austin Smith Throwers Invitational, hosted by St. Paul High School on March 31.

C.S. Lewis Academy's track and field team has an interesting advantage over its competition.

The Watchmen are less than a mile away from George Fox University's track and field facility and as such can benefit from the school's generosity. The tiny Christian school is allowed access to facilities, but that's not all.

"The bulk of our coaching staff are involved with the George Fox track and field team, as both collegiate athletes and coaches," CSLA coach Kate Hazen said. "I know our team benefits greatly from this generosity and I think it will allow us to compete more evenly with other schools in the league who possess home tracks."

It's a competitive advantage for Hazen, who is new to the district. CSLA is in Special District 1, a Class 1A conference of more than 21 schools that features the likes of St. Paul, Veritas, Perrydale, Jewell and North Clackamas Christian.

"I expect to have a better idea of competitors after the first few meets this season," Hazen said prior to the Watchmens' first meet on March 16. "However, I am much more focused on ensuring my athletes enjoy themselves and experience personal growth than in competing for league titles."

Growing and enjoyment are part of the game for the Watchmen. Hazen said she wants the team's "unity, support and accountability" to help them exceed the personal records they set for themselves.

The Watchmen will be led by Nicolas Hurst, Jack Eubanks and Julia Heimuller. Hurst will be a participant in a few different events, particularly the sprints and jumps; Heimuller will be a part of the relay teams and compete in the hurdles and middle-distance races; and Eubanks will be a throwing specialist for CSLA during the season.

"All these athletes are extremely dedicated to their events, always looking for ways to improve," Hazen said. "That common attitude is what will serve them well in the league this year and makes them good role models for their teammates."

The academy's next meet is for throwers only at the Austin Smith Throwers Invitational, hosted by St. Paul High School on March 31.


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