LaVoy striving to enhance résumé (03-29-13)
Written by KEVIN GORDON Sentinel Assistant Sports Editor
Friday, 29 March 2013 07:54
LUCKEY - Aricka LaVoy has had an impressive career as a member of Eastwood's track and field team.
|Eastwood’s Aricka LaVoy competes in the long jump during the regional meet last season. (Photo: Aaron Carpenter/Sentinel-Tribune)
The senior still is striving to enhance her already impressive résumé.
LaVoy is the two-time league champion in the long jump and the defending Northern Buckeye Conference champion in the 200.
She was a four-event regional qualifier last season and is a returning state qualifier in the 400 relay.
"I just want to keep improving and improve on what I did last season," LaVoy said.
The long jump is LaVoy's speciality.
LaVoy's goals are to quality for the Division II state meet and break the Eastwood record in the long jump
Her best is 16-10 3/4 at the NBC meet last season. The school record of 17-4 was set in 1993 by Jessica Nietz.
LaVoy also won the long jump at the Suburban Lakes League meet in 2011.
"Getting to state would be great because it's ultimate event in our sport," LaVoy said.
LaVoy also has a personal best of 26.58 in the 200.
She's already qualified for state once, that coming last season in the 400 relay. Also returning from that relay team are junior Maddie Jackson and sophomore Reagan Boice.
"We've already been once and we'd like to go back," LaVoy said.
LaVoy also qualified for the regional last season in the 200, and the 400 and 1,600 relays. She helped Eastwood to second-place finishes in the 400 and 1,600 relay in the NBC meet last season.
"She has natural ability and talent, but her attitude of 'I want to be the best' 'brings everything together," Eastwood coach Nikki Sabo said. "She works hard in the weight room. She works hard in every practice. She'll lead workouts. She's just a great competitor."
Eastwood is shooting for its 13th straight league title this season. The Eagles return 27 letter winners, including reigning NBC pole vault champion and junior Elise Wolff.
"We want to win the league title again. We don't want the streak to end," LaVoy said.
But track is only part of LaVoy's success.
The 5-foot-5 libero was the NBC volleyball player of the year last fall. She had 505 digs and rarely let a ball hit the floor.
Her defense was one of the primary reasons Eastwood finished 23-4 overall and 14-0 in the NBC. The Eagles were 12th in the final coaches poll and played in a regional semifinal.
LaVoy is a leader on the volleyball and track teams.
"I want the best for myself and the team," LaVoy said. "I'm going to get on my teammates if they're not putting forth the best effort. Whether it's track or volleyball, our team is really, really good, we need to play the best we can. We have so many talented players and I know we can be great, so when we don't do well, I want to push everyone to get better."
LaVoy also is an accomplished paintball player, competing alongside the boys. Her family has a paintball facility at its home and LaVoy is routinely one of the first players selected when teams are picked.
"I have a good shot," LaVoy said. "I'm a pursuit person. I don't like to stay in my little corner. I like going after people and I'll climb over the (obstacles) to do it."
LaVoy will play college volleyball at Owens Community College. She has a 3.7 grade-point average and plans to major in nursing. She's already taking classes at Owens.
"She wants to win. She hates to lose," Sabo said. "She's feisty. She's athletic. She wants to win and she'll do anything she needs to do it. She's one of those athletes you always want on your team.
"Everyone likes her," Sabo added. "She's never a problem. Everyone, students and staff, likes her and she's very encouraging of her teammates. She's very positive and helping of her teammates."