'Little girl, big award'
Sam Watson always smiles when he sees his 8-year-old daughter racing against girls a head taller than she is and besting them.
Now, little Sevyn Watsons won again, taking home the 2014 Oregon USA Track & Field Female Younger Girl (12 and under) Track Athlete of the Year Award.
She kind of exceeded our expectations, her father says. We didnt expect her to be one of the fastest in the country.
As Debbie Hennessey, one of the Lake Grove Elementary School third-graders previous teachers, puts it, Little girl, big award.
Sevyn earned the honor for her strong performance in the USATF Junior Olympic Regionals in Spokane, Wash., in July.
Sevyn took first place in the 100- and 400-meter races. She also placed third in the 200-meter race, something her dad says may have been due to nerves because she posted the fastest time in the preliminaries.
For perspective on her accomplishments placing and overcoming her nerves consider that the regional races include the fastest competitors from Alaska, Washington, Idaho and Oregon.
Her speed and placements qualified her for the Junior Olympic Nationals in Houston in all three races.
We didnt take the trip, due to it being such a big stage for such a young girl, says her mom, Sasha Watson.
The youngest of four children two boys, two girls Sevyn attributes her fleet-footedness to her familys support.
My brother (Jordan) coaches me, and my sister runs with me and my brother, Sevyn says while sitting with her father at her school on Monday. And my dad is my other coach, kind of.
The kind of causes him to chuckle.
Sevyn smiles and amends her description. Hes a coach, she says.
Being serious, she says her familys encouragement is her inspiration.
It makes me feel that I can go fast, and that I can go faster than how fast I go, she says.
Her mom, Sasha Watson, says Sevyn competes through her Tigard Youth Track team, which is run by Ralph and Margie Greene, who have been instrumental in developing Sevyns talent.
Hennessey says Sevyns so fast, shes able to compete against the boys.
When shes not outrunning bigger girls or boys, shes kicking a soccer ball with the Lake Oswego Soccer Club.
Its fun for me. I just like it, she says.
Soccer and track aside, Sevyns just a good kid, Hennessey says.
Sevyn performs wonderfully in the classroom and is respectful to all, and she is a wonderful kid in the community who walks with her head high, Hennessey says.
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