Showers wins both hurdle events at state meet
Dedicates both races to Matt Showers, her brother
There's a difference between cockiness and confidence. Amy Showers leans towards the latter.
Last week at the 3A State Track Meet in Queen Creek, a fellow competitor was puzzled about Showers confidence.
For starters, she has been to state all four years in both hurdle events, placing in the top eight each year. She also had motivation. She wanted to win for her brother, Matt, who passed away earlier this year.
"She was determined that she was going to win, and she did," Lori Showers, Amy's coach and mother said. "She wanted to do it for Matthew."
It's well known around Camp Verde that Showers' main passion is basketball. She's been an all-region and all-state selection all four years, scored more than 2,000 points in her career and will be playing at the college level.
Track, on the other hand, has just been something she did.
That outlook changed this year when Matt joined the team as a freshman. The brother-sister duo often talked about being state champions together. Both had won state titles in middle school, but they came three years apart. This was the first year they had been on the same team.
Fueled with that desire, Showers won the 100-meter and 300-meter hurdles in dramatic fashion. Her 100 time of 16.18 was two strides ahead of Kayla Peck, runner-up and long time rival from Chino Valley.
In the 300, her lead was even great. She turned in a 46.57, a school record and one second faster than second-place Haily Buscher of Queen Creek.
Until this year, Showers had never finished higher than fourth. As a freshman, she was fourth in both events.
Her sophomore year, a back injury sidelined her for most of the season. She took eighth in both events.
Another injury her junior year kept her out of track toward the end of the season. She had prequalified for state earlier and skipped the region meet to rest. At state she finished fifth in the 100 and sixth in the 300.
This year Showers entered her final season injury free. She turned in her best times of her career the previous week at regionals. She improved on her 300 time by running under 47 seconds, another PR.
"I knew I would win the 300. It's a lot easier than the 100 because you have more space between hurdles. The 100 is more of a rhythm race," she said.
Showers has never been one to get butterflies before a race, but she did admit she was a little nervous before the 100. Her preliminary time of 16.45 was close to a second off her PR of 15.70.
"I wasn't very confident before the race. I was seeded fourth," Showers said. "During warm-ups I decided I wanted to win. When I got to the line I had a lot of things on my mind. I was thinking about my brother and I was shaking and nervous. Once we were told to take our mark, I relaxed. When the gun shot I knew I had a good chance at winning."
While others stumbled, Showers raced flawlessly in both events on Saturday.
"She just stayed focused and was determined. She came out and won by quite a bit in both," Lori said. "It was a great way to end her senior year."