Allie Garis has been throwing the shot put since she was about 10 years old, and the Orange Lutheran junior recently added the discus to her track and field repertoire. For both events, she finds the beauty in the details.
“It’s very technical,” says Garis of the throwing events. “I love mastering the minor details and then seeing what it becomes. I love the challenge. That’s what draws me to it.”
Last year, her first full season competing in track and field for the Lancers, Garis qualified for CIF-SS Prelims on her final shot put throw of the Trinity League Finals meet, a throw of 31’-0” that also became her personal record. She battles through the challenges of training for such unique events by taking it one step at a time.
“When frustration comes, I stay patient,” says Garis. “Breathe, focus on the small details and go from there. Take step one, get it down and then go forward.”
Garis is also a varsity soccer goalkeeper at OLu and uses her quick footwork and movement to keep her agile for both sports. Her commitment to seeing growth in both herself and her fellow throwers makes her a key component to the track and field squad.
“Allie is a very coachable athlete who holds everyone accountable,” says OLu throwers coach, William Murvin. “She is not satisfied with average results and always strives to do her best. She is the epitome of John Wooden's definition of success.”
Away from the sports field, the 17-year old serves the Lancer community as an Ignite leader.
“Coming in freshman year, it was really nice to have someone to look up to,” says Garis of the Ignite program. “So when I became an upper classman, I wanted to be a mentor and help them find their way.”
Garis hopes to play collegiate soccer and would love to add in throwing if the opportunity presents itself. She looks to her older sister, Tayler, as one who inspires her and pushes her to be the best athlete and person she can be. But above all, she competes for Him.
“I would not be where I am without the gifts that I’ve been given,” says Garis. “I love representing OLu and playing for Christ, because without Him, I’d be nowhere. If I don’t hit a mark, I’m upset, but these things don’t define me. My faith does. It centers me. I know that in Him, I’m His child.”