BYU: Lexi Eaton switches from hoops to track and stars

Published: Friday, April 6 2012 8:00 p.m. MDT

"I'm not the type of person that likes to take time off," she said. "I don't feel like there is any need to. I just want to stay busy and I have things to accomplish and improve upon. I took a day off and then got right into it on Monday. That's how it's always been, to go from one sport to another."

She cleared 5-9 easily in her first track practice and then worked on 5-11. She cleared 5-9 in BYU's last meet. Her personal record in the high jump came in high school when she cleared 5-91/2 inches.

Toward the end of the basketball season, when she scored 26 in the WCC tournament, she felt more like her old self, "to bring my strengths to the team," is how she put it. "I felt a lot more comfortable, more like I expected it to be."

Eaton doesn't look at her resume as a hurdle to live up to — it's more like a catalyst for her confidence, to show she has the ability to contribute to the team and see what she can do at the next level.

At Springville, there might be little debate about Eaton's potential. When she played for the Red Devils, Springville won its first back-to-back basketball championships ever and the first since 1990.

"It was fun to have all those accomplishments," said Eaton.

Basketball is her love, even if track currently calls for her talent. "It has so many different aspects to it. It's fun for me, it's a challenge and things you can learn in basketball apply to so many other things in life. I love soccer and I'm finding out I miss it more than I thought I would now I'm not playing. I enjoy track because it complements basketball so well. But basketball is my favorite."

Eaton claims she was blessed with a very good high school track coach, and Murdock has built on that in a matter of weeks. "I've learned so much about the technical aspects of high jumping, he knows so much and can help me improve."

Eaton has a career goal in basketball to make it to the NCAA tournament every year, then to make it to the second round. As a personal goal, she'd like to be a college All-American in basketball and track.

She believes both are achievable.

"Setting goals is kind of how I've always done it. I have a saying that if you don't know where you're going, you aren't going to end up anywhere specific. I've always had goals to push myself."

If you're fishing out of a talent barrel like Eaton has, sounds like a plan.

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