Amateur Athlete: Kya Hammersley, KU's Five-Sport Athlete

Kya Hammersley lettered in four varsity sports her freshman year at Klamath Union. She's following that up by adding a fifth in her sophomore year.

Posted: Aug. 23, 2018 2:57 PM
Updated: Aug. 23, 2018 7:32 PM

KLAMATH FALLS -- Freshman year is all about getting to know new people, learning new things, and trying things that you haven't before. For Klamath Union's Kya Hammersley, that meant taking on three new sports in her first year of high school.

"You stay in shape more," Hammersley said, "Track, it's fun meeting all the new people and learning new stuff. Football is like a family. All the boys care about me and protect me."

In the Fall, Hammersley splits time between the soccer and football teams. Soccer is the only sport she played extensively before high school. Her schedule consists of finding pockets of time to practice for each sport while also making it to every game. On the football team, she was the Pelican's starting kicker. 

"I feel like doing soccer for 11 years helped me out," Hammersley said. 

In the Spring, she jumps between track and softball. She had never run track or done a field event before and had only played softball when she was five years old. That changed when she entered high school. There was one point, where she participated in a District track meet and played in a softball game the same day.

"At one point, there was a game over in Ashland or Medford and I had a track meet over there, so after our game, I'd run over there and do my shotput," Hammersley explained, "I threw at Districts and after that, headed right over, got my gear on to play softball."

Hammersley didn't just throw at Districts; the freshman finished sixth in the shotput, laying the groundwork for a run at state in the coming years. But even with all of this on her plate, Kya couldn't help but notice her Winter sports schedule was free.

"This year, I'm actually going to try five sports instead of four," Hammersley said without hesitation, "I'll be doing wrestling too." 

This will be the first year girls wrestling is an OSAA-sanctioned sport and Hammersley will be right at the center of it. Why? She simply wanted to try yet another new sport.

Now, an aspiring five-sport athlete as just a sophomore, Hammersley realizes she does it all as much to show her coaches what she can do as she does it to show herself what she can do.

"I think the coaches push me to do that and they want to see what I can do and I want to help them out and show what I can do and accomplish it."

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