Matty Lagerwey

La Conner’s Matty Lagerwey is the Skagit Valley Herald Girls’ Track and Field Athlete of the Year.

Matty Lagerwey doesn’t play it safe.

This spring, that meant taking some chances that made her senior track and field season more memorable than it would have been otherwise.

Lagerwey won two Class 2B state titles, but also nabbed top-five finishes in events she had added this season.

For her versatility and finish, she is the Skagit Valley Herald Girls’ Track and Field Athlete of the Year.

Competing at Eastern Washington University in Cheney, Lagerwey won state titles in the triple jump and long jump with marks of 37 feet, 1 3/4 inches, and 18-4 3/4, respectively.

She also placed third in the javelin (118-6) and fifth in the 100-meter dash (13.18 seconds).

She set personal bests in the long jump, triple jump and javelin in the state finals, and tied a personal-best 13.03 in the state 100 prelims.

While the jumps were events familiar to Lagerwey — she won three previous titles in the long jump and one in the triple jump — the other two events were ones she’d competed in only sporadically.

Despite the newness of the events, her expectations were high.

“My expectation is always to win,” said Lagerwey, who won a state volleyball title with her La Conner teammates in the fall. “I’m a competitive person. I don’t like to lose.”

She said she moved into the new events after previously competing in the relays.

Lagerwey’s coaches had no misgivings about her adding the javelin and 100-meter events.

“(Coach Peter Voorhees) and I were talking about it on the ride back; she’s at that point where she just gets things athletically,” said La Conner coach Jacob Grantham. “When you communicate, she understands what you’re saying and applies it. She’s the rare high school athlete who can do that.”

Grantham said Lagerwey was a talented athlete from the start, but has grown stronger.

“She really turned the corner last year. She started owning her athleticism,” he said. “She was definitely volleyball- and basketball-heavy in earlier years. Then she realized she was good at (track and field), it was something she wanted to do. ... She split her time between multiple technical events and did it with skill. She’s gone from being a raw athlete to a track athlete.”

Reporter Trevor Pyle: 360-416-2156, tpyle@skagitpublishing.com, Twitter: @Sports_SVH, Facebook.com/bytrevorpyle

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