Hobart's Cassidy Haworth – Track Athlete Spotlight Presented by Cameron Army ROTC
By Derrick Smith
The career of any athlete may not always go as planned, giving way to an injury or some other unexpected event. The injury bug ended Cassidy Haworth’s freshman season, but she worked hard and made a big comeback.
“My freshman year, we had a great girls track team,” she said. “We were winning all of our relays. The meet in Alex was my last race of the year, because I pulled my hamstring while I was running in the 4x100m relay. It took me out for the rest of the season. This year I ran in three meets this season before it was cancelled due to the pandemic. In those meets, I medaled twice in the 55m and broke the school record in the 200m.”
Haworth is a sophomore at Hobart High School, where she is a member of the track and cross country teams. On the track, she runs the 100m, 200m, 400m, 4x100 relay, 4x200m, and 4x400m.
Becoming a great runner has not been easy for Cassidy. She says while she puts in a lot of work, she also does not get to enjoy things she really likes.
“It takes a lot of work,” she said. “Including extra practices and giving up junk food and sodas, even when you don’t want to. Having a support system is important. Having the people that stand behind you through it all, no matter how good or bad you do.”
Throughout her journey, Haworth has had someone by her side that keeps her on her toes. It is not her coach or a teammate, it is her brother Garrett.
“I have always looked up to my brother,” she said. “His love for God and his competitive nature is something that we share. He always rubs in my face how he has two state rings. He says I won’t get as many medals as him, but I know he does that to help push me to do better. He is one of my biggest fans, even though he won’t admit it.”
Along with her sports, Cassidy is also a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Art Club, and Junior Main Street.