ONTARIO — With two years of varsity track and field under her belt, many area athletes should recognize the name Katie Adams.
Now a junior, Adams has tallied up four Greater Oregon League championships (two in discus and two in shot put) and has showcased her talents at the state championships in both.
But while the goal of medals and records floats around, Adams said she’s not focused on that right now. She said she just wants to stay mentally strong this season and keep performing at her best.
“Just to keep a positive attitude and try to get better every day to try and help my teammates,” she said.
Adams has also spent the past two winters competing in indoor track and field as an unattached athlete. This past winter, she placed first in shot put at the Team Idaho Intersquad meet and took third in shot put at the Nike Boise Indoors meet.
Both tournaments saw Adams competing against some of the best track and field athletes the Boise area has to offer.
Adams said one of the best things about competing in the indoor season was getting to meet new people and getting different perspectives on her throwing style.
“Just different techniques from different coaches and meeting new people everywhere,” she said. “Just seeing different techniques, you get to mix and match what you’re trying to do.”
In her junior year, Adams is aiming for reaching between 130 and 140 feet in the discus. She wants to hit about 100 feet in javelin and she’d like to reach 35 for shot put.
Adams’ current personal best in the shot put is 33 feet, 2.5 inches (which is fourth best in school history). In the discus, Adams has reached 115-3. Her javelin best is 95-10.
The Ontario High School record in shot put is 41-9, which was set by Kim Mills in 1986. Lisa Blacketter holds the record for discus, with a throw of 136-6 in 1991. The javelin record is 139-6, which Debbie Marker set in 1987.
And while the Ontario throwing staff isn’t short on numbers, Adams has a special teammate who’s always there to push her every day in practice: her twin sister Dixie Adams.
“It’s good, you always have someone there with you,” Adams said. “Even at home, there’s always someone there to help you with technique from home all the time.”