By Robert Husseman • Sports Editor • 

Hayes going the distance for Amity

Amity has filled its coaching ranks for the 2014 fall sports season with the hiring of Randy Hayes as cross country coach.

Hayes is an assistant track and field coach in charge of throws with the Warriors and, along with his wife, Autumn, heads the Amity Track Club, a youth organization affiliated with USA Track & Field. He has also assisted the track and field and cross country programs at Linfield College.

“My goal is, just like starting the track club, I want a state championship at Amity someday,” Hayes says. “Now I want a state championship in cross country.”

Former Warriors coach Erin Fassio stepped down from the position in June, one of four changes in athletic personnel at Amity. That included the hiring of Reg McShane as Amity’s interim Athletic Director; Fassio has been in communication with McShane regarding the cross country program.

“Good thing is, she’s not walking away and not caring. She does care about the program,” Hayes says. “Most kids have only been coached by her in cross country. It’ll be a change for them. Hopefully a good change.”

Amity had a highly successful season in girls cross country in 2013. The Warriors finished second to East Linn Christian at the Class 3A/2A/1A Special District 2 Championships on October 24, 2013, and qualified for the OSAA Class 3A/2A/1A State Cross Country Championships. Amity finished 13th as a team at the state meet; senior Inga Medboe’s 38th-place finish became the highest by a Warrior in two decades.

The Amity boys finished fourth at the 2013 3A/2A/1A Special District 2 Championships.

Medboe, an exchange student from Norway, has graduated, as has Shane Miles, the Warriors’ top male runner in 2013. Most of the other Amity cross country runners return, and Hayes has reached out to rising senior Chase Morrison to better connect with the Warriors.

“It’s going to be one of those years where it’s going to be challenging, but I think it’s going to be a lot of fun,” Hayes says.

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