Getting to know Northwest track and field athlete Calea Carr
Carr, a 5-foot-8 senior at Northwest, throws the discus, javelin and shot put. Carr, who won City League titles in the discus and shot put in 2013, has signed with Arkansas State to throw. Her twin, Cortez, who is 6-8 and signed to play basketball at Pratt, is also on the track team. This season she has thrown 43-6 1/2 in the shot put, 137-1 1/2 discus, 122-4 javelin and anchors the 400 relay.
What are the most common questions you get about being a twin, and do you like being a twin?
“Typically the No. 1 question is who’s older. Then No. 2, why is he so much taller than you. And I think the third question would have to be, ‘are you fraternal or identical,’ which is a really bad question. It’s a bad question because we’re a boy and a girl, so clearly we’re not identical.
“(Being a twin) is having a companionship with someone that will last a lifetime. I couldn’t be anymore closer than if we were attached at the hip. Even then, it probably wouldn’t be close enough. Our closeness is more mental. I know how he’s feeling, just by looking at him, or even if I’m in another room. I think telepathy is real for twins.”
Your family moved back to Wichita from Washington in 2012. Why did you come back?
“Actually, my dad has (multiple sclerosis), and the weather was really affecting the way he was responding to the sickness. And my sister had passed away that May. The anniversary is coming up, on the 14th. My grandma was not doing so well, she passed away that October. So we had to come back here more for family reasons.
“… My sister (Rachel) was 21 and she had Stage 4 lupus. Losing my sister, I had no idea how I would even think. I couldn’t go back to the funeral, and I was depressed for a really long time. I didn’t speak for a whole week.”
How have your losses affected you?
“You know, I’m not 100 percent sure if it’s positive or negative. It’s more, I’m dealing with it. I haven’t drawn it all in yet. I still feel I can go by the house and see them, and they’re not there. I feel it’s made me a little bit stronger, makes me appreciate life so much more. She was so young, and my grandma was so wonderful. You don’t think of good people leaving you, so you have to take advantage of every opportunity.”
You won the discus at state while in Washington as a sophomore. How bad do you want to win in Kansas?
“More than anything. It’s a burning fire in me to want to win state. I want to win. It’s driving me crazy. I think about it every day. I have to go to state. I think about it every day before class. When I’m exhausted and I just had weights and then I have to go to another hard workout and have sprints, I’m focused. I have three weeks to get ready to go to state and go up against the best in Kansas. You don’t have time to be lazy.”
Can you make any predictions about state?
“I’m not saying I’m going to sweep every event. Throws are so unpredictable. You don’t know what will happen. I want to come in knowing I have the capability and the technique and the great coach to get me to first place.
“But throwing a shot put, if you don’t have the same energy on your best throw, you could throw five feet less. And the disc, the wind can change the whole entire throw. The breeze could take it left or straight into the ground. It’s very frustrating, but you can’t control the things you can’t control.”