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West Does Not Rest
Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 09:47 PM CDT
Christopher McCaig wears Superman socks to workout.
"I love Superman," admitted McCaig. "I love comics, too. So I said 'I have to have those."
But unlike the "Man of Steel", McCaig does have a sidekick.
On April 17th, Ashley Renegar and McCaig, a pair of West High School discus throwers, medaled at the area track & field meet in College Station. It meant the duo was bound for the regional meet and one step away from state.
However, their accomplishments are not the reason Christopher and Ashley will always remember April 17th.
"Every phone on the bus, and there's about 40 kids at the time, started going off," recalled West high school assistant track & field coach Chuck Klander.
"I heard it explode through the phone," said Renegar.
McCaig asked, "the fertilizer plant blew up? I was like 'what?"
Their town was devastated. Their school was closed. The regional meet was just nine days away.
"We had to have everything sent in and paid for by a certain date," Ashley told KEYE TV sports. "I just knew that wasn't going to happen."
"Their lives had been turned upside down in a matter of minutes," said Klander. "I'm trying to figure out: Where can we go? Where can we go practice that's a convenience for the kids?"
Ashley and Christopher somehow found a way to focus. And somehow found time to practice - at nearby Hillsboro high school and Waco's Connally high. Not only did they both throw at regionals one week after the fertilizer plant explosion, they both did well enough to qualify for their first state meet.
"I can't believe it," said Renegar. "I really couldn't. There were so many people up there that knew everything that happened and were so excited for me."
"Ashley and I are strong enough to have our heads on straight and focus and achieve great things even in this troubling time," said Christopher.
Since the blast, West has received statewide support, like a sign out of Odessa reading "From West Texas to West, Texas." For three weeks, the community has been on the minds and in the hearts of the state. This weekend, Ashley and Christopher will get to perform in front of the state.
"They're all upset because they can't go watch me," said Renegar. "They don't have a way down there or they have to stay back and help their families. They're supporting me, though. They'll be with me."
"I hope Ashley and I do that for other people - uplift them and carry the flag," said McCaig. "It's a great honor to represent West, especially now. We're going to do it proudly."
Despite his Superman socks, McCaig might not have an "S" on his chest, but he and Ashley have "West" on their chest. Right now, that's just as super.
by Adam Winkler