As the school year begins to wind down, student athletes at University of Wisconsin–Stout are beginning to realize that their college careers are coming to a close. This bittersweet time offers a time for reflection and advice for younger athletes. The Stout women’s track and field team have some opinions on how the outdoor portion of the season has been and how the season coming to a close makes them feel.
“The outdoor season has been going pretty well. We have our WIAC Conference this weekend at Platteville. Right now, I’m currently 18th in the D3 Nation and hoping to qualify better at the conference meet. As for our team, we have a lot of women in for conference and hopefully we can place in the top four as a team. We have been hitting our times and marks the past couple weeks and I believe we will be at our best performance yet,” said Shanna Laehn, a senior hurdle jumper from Mondovi, WI.
It’s hard for the women to think about the end that is quickly approaching them. “It’s hard to believe it’s done in 3-4 weeks! I’m not ready to think about it, but once it’s done, I will be feeling many emotions! I don’t regret anything during the four years,” said Laehn. “It’s been busy! We are all trying to get in as much practice as possible in order to hit those marks to extend the season,” said Andrea Bertram, a senior thrower from Fond du Lac, WI.
As for what they’re going to miss when the season come to an end, the broad answer is everything. “Spending time on and off the track with my friends! And just being able to compete on a team,” said Laehn. “I will miss the team atmosphere! Everyone knows each other, and we are always there to support one another, both on and off the track. I have made many lifelong friends being on the team,” said Bertram.
Laehn offered some advice for the younger UW-Stout athletes, “Never give up on something you’ve always been wanting and have been waiting for!” She went on to specify that she means this for all of life’s situations, not only in track and field.
If you want to get out and support the UW-Stout women’s track and field team in their WIAC Championship appearance, the event starts at 12 p.m. on Friday, May 3rd in Platteville, WI. The event will continue on Saturday, May 4th at 10 a.m.