Gourley, Wright forced to choose between two sports

Evan Gourley and Dante Wright are multi-sport athletes at Navarre High School. They qualified for state in weightlifting. The problem is the district track meet in Santa Rosa Beach is Friday, the same day as the state weightlifting meet in Panama City Beach.

The conflict put both athletes in a difficult spot, one they shouldn’t have had to be in to begin with, and both have chosen to do track because their seasons are over if they don’t. And both Wright and Gourley have realistic opportunities to get to state in track, including as members of the 4×100 relay team.

While Wright isn’t expected to score points at the state weightlifting meet, ranking 19th in the 169-pound weight class, Gourley is just 10 pounds shy of potentially finishing sixth at state, which would mean a point for a Navarre team that is poised to win a championship for the first time in program history.

“It’s probably the worst thing I’ve encountered in high school,” Gourley said. “I could potentially get our team a point, and if it comes down to us winning or losing by a point, I’ll feel terrible.”

Wright agrees it’s unfair to be in a spot to choose between two sports. Still, he takes pride in the fact that he qualified for state in weightlifting.

Read the full article in the April 11 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

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