Alexis Clark took a well-deserved break last week when she vacationed with her family in Florida. The recent James Monroe graduate needed a breather after an exhaustive 2017–18 school year in which she competed for five different athletic teams.

“I was really tired—like really tired,” Clark said in a telephone interview from the Sunshine State. “So now I’m just swimming and relaxing, no sports.”

It’s hard to blame Clark if she wants to chill this summer.

She was the goalkeeper in the fall for James Monroe’s field hockey team that won the Class 3 state championship.

She was the captain of the Yellow Jackets’ basketball team in the winter, while competing for the track and field squad, as well.

She continued with track and field in the spring, while also playing third base for the softball team.

Clark won three state championships in the shot put and discus during the indoor and outdoor track seasons.

She completed her career with 11 state titles in the two events. Now she has another piece of hardware to add to her collection—Free Lance–Star female athlete of the year honors.

Clark tried field hockey and softball for the first time in her career this past school year.

“The [field hockey] coaches wanted me to play since I was a freshman,” Clark said. “I never wanted to play because it was a lot of running. I started watching it and it looked like fun. I was kind of good at it so I stuck with it.”

Clark said she enjoyed her teammates and coaches so thoroughly she wishes she had another year to play. She also enjoyed her time on the softball field.

Clark regularly showcased power at the plate during practice as she hit towering home runs, but she admittedly found the going a little tougher in game situations. Still, she said it was “really fun.”

The youthful Yellow Jackets’ basketball team was unable to win a Battlefield District game but Clark was one of its centerpieces. She earned honorable mention all-district recognition.

“We struggled a little bit but it was fun,” Clark said. “I love the coaches. I love the team. We all worked well together. It was a good experience. Everyone looked up to me and depended on me a lot. I had to be like the mom.”

Track and field is where Clark’s future lies. She’s been a fixture on the state and national scene the past several years, even before she entered high school.

She captured nine state shot put titles in her career and two in the discus.

This past spring, her top shot put (48 feet, 5 inches) was at one time more than 10 feet better than any other area girl and was one of the best throws in the nation.

Clark plans to continue her throwing career at University of Pikeville (Ky.), an NAIA program. Clark is also exploring bobsledding and is considering attending national team tryouts this month in Tennessee. In 2016, she was invited to the Team USA bobsledding combine in Maryland because of her speed and strength.

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