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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 WinklerWest Does Not Rest


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Scores & Schedules

August 29, 2014 09:13 GMT

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Detroit 3 N-Y Yankees 2

Baltimore 5 Tampa Bay 4

Cleveland 3 Chi White Sox 2

Minnesota 11 Kansas City 5, 10 Innings

Houston 4 Texas 2

L.A. Angels 4 Oakland 3, 10 Innings

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Cincinnati 7 Chi Cubs 2

San Francisco 4 Colorado 1

Atlanta 6 N-Y Mets 1

AMERICAN LEAGUE Friday's Games

Minnesota (May 0-3) at Baltimore (Mi.Gonzalez 6-7), 7:05 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees (Capuano 1-3) at Toronto (Buehrle 11-8), 7:07 p.m.

Boston (Ranaudo 2-0) at Tampa Bay (Archer 8-6), 7:10 p.m.

Cleveland (Salazar 4-6) at Kansas City (J.Vargas 10-6), 8:10 p.m.

Detroit (Verlander 11-11) at Chicago White Sox (Carroll 5-8), 8:10 p.m.

Texas (Undecided) at Houston (Oberholtzer 4-9), 8:10 p.m.

Oakland (Lester 13-8) at L.A. Angels (Weaver 14-7), 10:05 p.m.

NATIONAL LEAGUE Friday's Games

Cincinnati (Leake 10-11) at Pittsburgh (Volquez 11-7), 7:05 p.m.

Philadelphia (D.Buchanan 6-7) at N.Y. Mets (deGrom 6-6), 7:10 p.m.

Miami (Koehler 9-9) at Atlanta (E.Santana 13-7), 7:35 p.m.

Chicago Cubs (Hendricks 5-1) at St. Louis (S.Miller 8-9), 8:15 p.m.

Colorado (Bergman 1-2) at Arizona (Collmenter 9-7), 9:40 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers (Haren 11-10) at San Diego (Cashner 2-6), 10:10 p.m.

Milwaukee (W.Peralta 15-8) at San Francisco (Vogelsong 7-9), 10:15 p.m.

INTERLEAGUE

Washington (Zimmermann 9-5) at Seattle (F.Hernandez 13-4), 10:10 p.m.

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE PRESEASON

Atlanta 24 Jacksonville 14

Detroit 23 Buffalo 0

Cincinnati 35 Indianapolis 7

Green Bay 34 Kansas City 14

Philadelphia 37 N-Y Jets 7

Miami 14 St. Louis 13

Carolina 10 Pittsburgh 0

N-Y Giants 16 New England 13

Washington 24 Tampa Bay 10

Baltimore 22 New Orleans 13

Cleveland 33 Chicago 13

Denver 27 Dallas 3

Minnesota 19 Tennessee 3

San Francisco 40 Houston 13

San Diego 12 Arizona 9

Oakland 41 Seattle 31

TOP-25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL

(21) Texas A-and-M 52 ( 9) South Carolina 28

(18) Mississippi 35 Boise State 13

(19) Arizona State 45 Weber State 14

Friday's Game

No. 8 Michigan State vs. Jacksonville State, 7:30 p.m.

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