The challenges of college track have been fun for ex-Evart standout

Kara Henry looking forward to her sophomore season

Kara Henry was an outstanding basketball player for Evart.

Kara Henry was an outstanding basketball player for Evart.

John Raffel

EVART – Kara Henry was a multi-talent athlete in many sports at Evart during her career and  is continuing to work on a successful transition to the collegiate level.

Last year Henry signed a letter of intent to attend and run track and field at Lourdes University, a private college in Sylvania, Ohio.

Henry played volleyball and basketball and ran track at Evart.

“(Lourdes) actually reached out to me and I took a college tour and decided it was the place I wanted to be,” Henry said. “They kept track of me each meet.”

The school reached out to her in late August of 2020. Henry did not run track because of the COVID-related cancellation in the spring. But she was a standout in the high jump, sprint relays and other events as a freshman and sophomore and will be running the sport this spring.

Henry focused on track.

“It went pretty good,” she said. “I high jumped for a little bit of the season.  Then I ran in the 4x1. I think one of our highlights was we were really close to getting a national standard time to go to nationals.”

High jumping had been among Henry’s top events on the high school level. But as a collegiate freshman, “I didn’t really have a good season in the high jump,” she said.  “I think I may have made 4-9. I tore my labrum in my hip. That happened in December.”

The injury slowed down her season, to some extent, but Henry is looking forward to her sophomore collegiate season.

“I’m hoping to be able to get back into the high jump and maybe triple jump and I’ll still be in the relay,” Henry said. “The key (to having success in those events) is definitely focusing on technique and relying on your own mental strength to not give up and give in.”

Track will be her only sport, for now.

“They have great a program,” Henry said. “We were very strong and the coaches are amazing. We did lose a couple of coaches but we’re gaining some new ones at the start of the school year. Hopefully we’ll continue to be a strong program.”

Henry’s major is social work.