Current Titan and Former Lebanon track champion continues to move up college ranks
Article Courtesy: JAKE ROSENBERG / Lebanon Express
Eugene has been the location for some of Kara Hallock’s top achievements, but Lebanon High School’s all-time track and field scorer will be bringing her talents back north next season.
After capturing the 2012 5A state high jump and hurdles titles for LHS at the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field, Hallock returned to Eugene to continue her track success and education at Lane Community College.
There she earned many more event wins, as well as the 2013 Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges’ Female Track and Field Athlete of the Year award during the Titans’ league championship season.
On Feb. 11, however, the LCC sophomore announced that she would spend her final two years of eligibility in Corvallis with Oregon State University’s program, which just began its second season of home meets since 1988.
Hallock said she looks forward to being closer to home and competing against PAC-12 competition in 2015, but she plans on improving her marks with the help of her Lane coaches for one more season.
“I just think it’s awesome to get the chance to do this, because not everyone does,” says Hallock. “And it’s so great to have the support from home and everybody from the community.”
The Titans are also thankful for a second season with Hallock, and will continue to help her improve in the seven heptathlon events.
"We have been very fortunate to have Kara compete for us,” said Titans head coach Grady O’Connor. “She has been a model student-athlete."
The LCC 100-meter hurdles record holder (14.16) plans to study exercise and sports science at OSU when she isn’t doing on-field trials as a heptathlete.
“Sports have always been a part of my life, so it brings me so much joy continue with that,” said Hallock.
LCC athletic director Greg Sheley believes it is a natural fit as well.
“Kara has been an outstanding representative for our department and college,” said Sheley. “She is a true representative of what a student-athlete should be. We wish her well as she continues her career.”
Heptathlons are another natural fit for Hallock.
Judging by her volleyball build and relentless work ethic as an LHS freshman, Lebanon coaches Josh Dykes and Kraig Hoene knew she was bound to be a collegiate heptathlete.
As an upperclassman, Dykes encouraged Hallock to compete in a pair of preseason heptathlons. And despite struggling in the throwing events and still improving in distance runs, she came through with first- and second-place finishes.
Those same strengths and weaknesses remain as Hallock moves up the ranks, but Dykes won’t bet against Hallock’s drive to be No. 1 at any level.
“We’re pretty proud of (Hallock) and the work she has accomplished. She likes to win, and has worked very hard to get where she’s at,” said Dykes. “Behind that nice demeanor of hers is probably the most competitive athlete I’ve been around — boy or girl.”