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Thorns Academy has great, elite soccer players but track won't be a problem going forward. 4 Academy players went to State but only one competed in the finals for an individual event - 7th place in discus. Only one Academy player competed in an individual running event but finished near the bottom of prelims & didn't advance. One did make it to the finals in a relay team from a small school but didn't qualify to compete even in prelims for any individual events. The 4th Academy player didn't qualify to compete at all and was just along for the ride. Makes sense to concentrate on soccer & play GDA.

Just scanning briefly, Non Academy soccer girls, however, won at least 3 2nd places, a 3rd place and a 4th place - all in individual running races. I'm sure there were many others. The legit track stars stayed at Ecnl or club teams. Eventually they might also choose to drop a sport & concentrate on just one sport. The multisport athletes tend to be younger. The days are gone of being able to be truly elite in multiple sports.
So tell me this. How many of the Non Academy soccer girls who won 2nd, 3rd and 4th places at the state track meet were freshman? Maybe none!
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So tell me this. How many of the Non Academy soccer girls who won 2nd, 3rd and 4th places at the state track meet were freshman? Maybe none!
Actually, all 3 2nd place finishes I saw were non-GDA freshmen. Also, at least one of the 3rd or 4th place finishes. That's just the few I saw though. There are probably more. Age isn't the point. Just look at all the middle schoolers that are faster. The point, is legit track stars don't have time or desire to do GDA and will likely drop soccer at some point. Makes perfect sense for the legit soccer stars that are good at track but not great to go GDA and become the best soccer players they can.
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Actually, all 3 2nd place finishes I saw were non-GDA freshmen. Also, at least one of the 3rd or 4th place finishes. That's just the few I saw though. There are probably more. Age isn't the point. Just look at all the middle schoolers that are faster. The point, is legit track stars don't have time or desire to do GDA and will likely drop soccer at some point. Makes perfect sense for the legit soccer stars that are good at track but not great to go GDA and become the best soccer players they can.
You can't compare 2A to 6A and yes age does matter. Why don't you look at the Oregon rankings for 9th graders and see where the Thorns GDA girls are ranked in the state.
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You can't compare 2A to 6A and yes age does matter. Why don't you look at the Oregon rankings for 9th graders and see where the Thorns GDA girls are ranked in the state.
There are no current standings or rankings for any GDA teams because the league will begin in its inaugural year in fall of 2017.
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There are no current standings or rankings for any GDA teams because the league will begin in its inaugural year in fall of 2017.
They were talking about state track rankings.
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Thorns Academy has great, elite soccer players but track won't be a problem going forward. 4 Academy players went to State but only one competed in the finals for an individual event - 7th place in discus. Only one Academy player competed in an individual running event but finished near the bottom of prelims & didn't advance. One did make it to the finals in a relay team from a small school but didn't qualify to compete even in prelims for any individual events. The 4th Academy player didn't qualify to compete at all and was just along for the ride. Makes sense to concentrate on soccer & play GDA.

Just scanning briefly, Non Academy soccer girls, however, won at least 3 2nd places, a 3rd place and a 4th place - all in individual running races. I'm sure there were many others. The legit track stars stayed at Ecnl or club teams. Eventually they might also choose to drop a sport & concentrate on just one sport. The multisport athletes tend to be younger. The days are gone of being able to be truly elite in multiple sports.
The fact that you researched and cross referenced THIS much is completely creepy! Get a hobby!
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