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In an age of hyperspecialization, Kelsie Garrison is a throwback.

Not only does the Agoura High senior play multiple sports, she plays multiple sports in the same season.

Garrison is participating in lacrosse and track baseball jerseys and field this spring. She just finished starring on the soccer team in the winter and ran cross country during the fall.

Garrison will graduate with 14 varsity letters, and enough jerseys and race bibs to decorate several walls in her wholesale sports jerseys room.

not really that I don want to focus on one sport, I just couldn decide because I love all my sports so much, Garrison said. couldn stop playing soccer and let my teammates down and I couldn stop running track and I am just starting to get better at lacrosse. Lacrosse is the sport Garrison discovered last. She didn start playing until she was a sophomore, but has made dramatic improvements.

The midfielder helped Agoura (7 1, 4 0) win a CIF Southern Section title last season, and played with the Trojan Select Lacrosse club team this summer to become better acclimated to the sport on a more technical level.

last two seasons I was mainly going off my knowledge of playing soccer. But through all the practices, I have finally learned all the rules, which is a good step, Garrison said with a laugh. took me awhile to figure out that all the lines on the field meant different things and I have learned a lot about offense and how the game is supposed to be played and not just running up the field as fast as you can to get it in the goal. Agoura lacrosse coach Steve Omlor noticed an immediate difference once Garrison returned to the squad this season.

think playing more over the summer really helped her development, he said. you watch, she is still a great athlete, but now she has double the amount of stick skills as she had before and a better understanding of the game. Garrison athleticism has been an obvious advantage, but it not the only reason for her success in lacrosse.

has great leadership ability too. She is somebody that everyone looks up to and she is not afraid to step up in a big game, Omlor said. year against Oak Park, we were down four goals with 10 minutes left and all of a sudden she scores five goals in a row for us. Everyone was like, did that come from? She just has that ability to take over a game, especially in big games. Garrison displayed that innate characteristic during soccer.

She was a defender as a sophomore before being moved to her natural midfield position as a junior.

But once injuries sidelined other players, Garrison was pushed up top to play forward this season.

She finished with a team leading 11 goals and 14 assists and was named the team Offensive MVP only two years after earning the team Defensive MVP honors.

hadn played forward since I was really young, but we had a great offensive team this season, Garrison said. had a lot of options and a lot of different tactics and we got more comfortable with each other as the season went along. Once the soccer season ended, Garrison didn have much chance to rest.

She has been attending two practices a day to work with both the lacrosse and track teams.

In track, she runs the 300 hurdles, the 400 and the 4x100 and 4x400 relays.

think I have realized that lacrosse is a good break away from the pressure of track, Garrison said. is a total mental game and I think having lacrosse games on Wednesday and on Fridays and track meets on Thursdays kind of distracts me from the pressure. Although many athletes say their teammates are like family members, it actually true for Garrison in track.

Agoura 4x400 relay team is nearly an all Garrison squad. Kelsie and her two wholesale nhl jerseys younger sisters, Taylor, a junior, and Gabbie, a sophomore, run three of the four legs along with Jackie Severson.

my sisters on the team really motivates me to do better, Garrison said. have to work for each other and anything I do wrong affects them and their running career. I always think about that when I running to finish the 400. It brings us closer knowing we have to do it for each other. As if athletics and homework weren enough to occupy Garrison time, she is also a member of the student council at Agoura as the commissioner for publicity.

Garrison runs the school television network and serves as a host, which prompted her mother to say she could be the next Erin Andrews of female sports broadcasters.

As much as she loves staying busy, there is one drawback to Garrison versatility.

don really have a social life this time of year or any time of year, she said. my friends are my teammates on the lacrosse team and on the track team. I get enough social aspect of life through that. Dt5FW6a9x

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