Del Oro's Heyn Pulling Double Duty

Lady Eagle Excelling In Volleyball, Cross Country
By: Mike Ray, Gold Country News Services
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In an era when many high school athletes are more and more finding themselves specializing in one sport, Amy Heyn is defying the odds. And, while most athletes feel fortunate to play one sport in a season and perhaps two during a school year, Heyn, a junior at Del Oro High, is playing two sports this Fall and not surprisingly, to her respective coaches, doing well in both. “It’s obvious that she’s a talented athlete,” said Del Oro cross country coach Kevin Ostenberg after watching Heyn help lead Del Oro’s girls cross country team to wins at last week’s Sierra Foothill League No. 1 meet and then again Saturday at the Nevada Union Invitational. “I don’t think we would have asked Amy to try this if we didn’t think she could handle it,” Ostenberg added. “So far, it’s working well.” While Heyn stood out for the cross country team on Wednesday with a 5th place overall finish in the SFL meet, she came back on Thursday from her setter position to help the 11th ranked Lady Eagles volleyball team to a marathon five game win at El Dorado. “She’s our quarterback out there,” said Del Oro volleyball coach Stuart Kageta. “Whether she’s playing volleyball or at cross country, she’s literally always running.” The idea for Heyn to try the volleyball-cross country double this year came about after she had success running track last spring and competed in the CIF state meet as a member of the school’s 4x400 relay team. She also ran a 5:16 1600 meters to finish 4th at the CIF Masters Meet. “First, volleyball comes first,” said Heyn who as a sophomore setter recorded 733 assists in 99 games as Del Oro posted a fine 20-11 season mark. “If there are any conflicts, my priority is with volleyball.” Kageta noted that he was fine with the idea of Heyn trying both sports as long as she showed she could handle it physically and also mentally. “We didn’t want her to go overboard where her academics would suffer,” said Kageta. “She’s handling it well.” Heyn, whose father Ross was an athlete at Del Oro in the early 1980s and whose mother was a cheerleader, got interested in running when she joined the Mile Club during her middle school years at Hope Lutheran School in Penryn. “I really love running,” said Heyn who is carrying a 4.0 grade point average. “I enjoyed track and when Kevin and Linda (Ostenberg) asked about trying cross country, I approached coach Kageta about it. So far it seems to be working fine.” Heyn, who aspires to be a teacher, hopes to be able to move on to college and continue her athletic career. “I’d love to go on and play or run in college,” said Heyn. “Either volleyball or running, it doesn’t make a difference.”