Lamirand pulls double duty with success

By Reece Waddell | Published Wednesday, November 7, 2018
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No Rest for the Weary

NO REST FOR THE WEARY – Decatur freshman Jentry Lamirand runs during the Class 4A girls 3,200 Saturday in Round Rock. Lamirand finished 12th overall in 11:57, less than 24 hours after playing in a postseason volleyball match for the Lady Eagles more than 200 miles away in Abilene. Messenger photo by Lisa Duty

Jentry Lamirand’s weekend started Friday night in Abilene, as the Decatur freshman helped the Lady Eagle volleyball team win their area playoff match against Greenwood.

It ended Saturday in Round Rock with a silver medal around her neck.

Less than 24 hours after winning a postseason volleyball game, Lamirand finished 12th in the Class 4A girls 3,200, posting a time of 11:57 to help the Lady Eagles take second at the UIL cross country championships.

RISING UP – Decatur freshman Jentry Lamirand goes up for a kill during a match against Argyle. In the Lady Eagles’ two playoff matches, Lamirand has buried eight kills. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

“It’s honestly kind of crazy,” Lamirand said. “I didn’t know how the whole playoff game and cross country meet was going to work out. But Coach [David] Park and Coach [Clark] Oberle worked it out, and it worked out really well. I was ready to run.”

Decatur’s volleyball match ended around 6:30 p.m. Friday night, with the Lady Eagles sweeping Greenwood 25-10, 25-9, 25-13. Lamirand landed three kills, dished out an assist, made three digs and blocked a shot.

In Decatur’s bi-district sweep of Godley, Lamirand buried five kills.

“I honestly don’t know how she does it,” Oberle said. “Just thinking about all the stuff she has to do makes me tired. She’s an amazing athlete with an amazing work ethic. She’s so determined and so competitive. She wants to be the best at everything she does.”

Immediately after picking up a playoff win, Lamirand and her parents drove more than 200 miles to Round Rock. She arrived around 9:30 p.m. and woke up at 7 a.m. Saturday.

After the playoff match and lengthy roadtrip, Lamirand ran nearly 2 miles in under 12 minutes. In Park’s 15 years coaching at Decatur, he could not recall an athlete that played in a postseason match and then medaled at the state cross country meet the next day.

“I dare say nobody has had a kid do that before,” Park said. “I could see it at some of the lower classifications, but at 4A, 5A, 6A, I don’t see very many doing that. She’s an athlete. She’s got that little bit of something [special].”

Lamirand is the younger sister of former Decatur standouts Cade and Austin. Cade graduated in 2016 and was the Eagles’ starting point guard. He also excelled on the golf course.

In 2016, he finished tied for seventh in 4A at the UIL golf championships.

Austin, the oldest of the three, was a four-year starter for the Eagles’ basketball team and earned Wise County MVP honors.

As she reflected on her busy weekend after receiving her medal Saturday at Old Settlers Park, Jentry admitted she didn’t know how she competes in two sports at such a high level. But looking back on it, Jentry said there has always been one motivating factor that drives her.

“I just tell myself that I’m doing it for my team,” Jentry said. “My coaches have helped me so much, and the seniors have set such good examples for me. I don’t want to let them down and want to do my best for both teams. I don’t want to disappoint them.”

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