Three-sport athlete finds Boxer teams a great fit

 

Lisa Harings '97 attained the dream of many college athletes and turned it down to come to Pacific and take a broader approach to sports competition.

A three-sport standout at Tigard (Ore.) High School, Harings followed the family line to Oregon State, walked on to the women's basketball team and earned herself a full-ride scholarship. In that freshman year, she averaged eight minutes per game as the Beavers finished their season 15-12.

While it seemed that Harings had accomplished the dream, she decided it wasn't for her. In the end, it was a choice between a complete focus on athletics or a broader focus on academics. "At Oregon State we lived and breathed basketball," Harings said. "At Pacific you have two hours a day to play sports and then after that you study and get your academics done."

Harings packed up in 1993, moved north to Forest Grove, and proceeded to become one of the top female athletes in the history of Boxer athletics. In addition to basketball, she picked up soccer again (she had led Tigard to the 1992 Oregon high school state title) and became a key member of the Boxer softball program.

The drive that earned her that coveted full-ride at Oregon State made her a tremendous triple threat at Pacific. A First Team All-Northwest Conference (NWC) women's basketball selection, Harings still owns the single game and season records for assists and ranks second all-time on the career list. She helped lead the 1995-96 Boxers to the NAIA National Tournament.

On the soccer field, Harings was a three-time All-NWC selection and led the 1994 Boxers in assists while finishing second in goals. She continues to rank in Pacific's single season top-10 with her 11 goals, eight assists, and 30 points in 1994.

While never attaining all-Conference honors in softball, Harings was a critical member of the Boxers' success through the mid-1990s. As a sophomore in 1994, she led the Boxers in doubles, triples, stolen bases, and slugging percentage. In 1995, she led the team with a .440 batting average as the Boxers finished ranked No. 28 in the NAIA.

Harings admitted three sports was a grind at times, especially during transitions from one sport to the next, but also said that it kept her focused on her studies. "If I didn't have sports I would just sit around," she said. "After practice, I knew that I would have a commitment to study for so many hours, go to sleep, and then start the whole cycle of going to classes in the morning over again."

Still the competitor, Harings tries to find time for pickup games. A biology major, she works with electron microscopes at Intel in Hillsboro and enjoys family life with her husband, Pacific basketball standout Geoff Vernon '96, and their one-year-old daughter.