Just who is Kassie Matthews? You could say she is 6th All-Time in the History of Hart's 300mH, the starting right back position in the game of Soccer, or she's just an ordinary teenager trying to get throughs the ups and downs that life throws at a young lady her age.
But one thing that is certain. She is a multiple sport athlete.
How does an individual balance the schedule of soccer and the hurdle life?
For one, she makes sure she's in great physical shape for the game of soccer. When she finishes the long and intense season she goes straight into hurdles where she maybe a little bit over the month behind. As she says, "I get there I have a lot to catch up on even though I'm in pretty good shape. In my first weeks back I have to do a lot of repetitions of going over hurdles, repeat workouts and I have to focus on my technique and steps." Even if she is in great shape from soccer, hurdling requires a whole new side of conditioning in order for someone to get better.
Coming into the 2015 track season, Kassie was already dealing with a hyper-extended elbow that she received in a soccer game. That alone took her out for two weeks and made her miss one league meet.
In League Prelims she suffered a strained hip flexer during the 300m hurdles. Days later she would compete in Finals. She says, "I was still in pain and only placed 5th. It was a huge disappointment and I hope to make it to CIF next year."
Being Competitive does not end at a meet, it is also seen on the track with teammates like Kendall Kuhlman who push Kassie to her full potential. As stated by Kassie, "Kendall and I would always push each other. We would train together and cheer each other on. She is an amazing hurdler and she pushed me to do better."
For Kassie, her goals for the season are to break 47, place the top 3 in league and get into CIF for the 300m hurdles.