Kimberly’s Nate Pozolinski has been named The Post-Crescent prep boys’ track athlete of the year after finishing second in the 110-meter hurdles at the WIAA Division 1 state meet with a time of 14.62 seconds, fourth in the 300 hurdles in :39.11 and sixth in the long jump with a jump of 22-2¾. At the sectional in De Pere, he was sixth in the high jump at 6-0, second in the long jump at 22-7¾, first in the 110 hurdles in :14.52 and first in the 300 hurdles in :39.41. He won the Fox Valley Association title in the 110 hurdles in :14.86, was second in the 300 hurdles in :39.90, second in the high jump (6-0) and second in the long jump (21-6¼). Additionally, at the Division 1 sectional, Pozolinski broke three Kimberly school records (110 hurdles, 300 hurdles, long jump).
Family: Father, Mike; mother, Judy; siblings Brett (18), Amanda (23) and Danielle (24).
On the track
Was is the fun side of track?
“I think track is fun because you’re competing against other people. It’s competition in the purest form and it’s fun to see who is the best.”
What’s it like to compete at the state meet?
“It’s awesome. The atmosphere is great. The competition is outrageous. Everyone there is good. Everyone is there to have fun and compete. Everyone wants to see everyone have success. Everyone runs their fastest times and it’s fun to see what’s out there. All the people who come to watch make it an amazing experience.”
Where are all of your medals?
“They are scattered all over the house. They are mainly in my room. There are in my backpack. My brother and I used to compete to see who has the most.”
What are your college plans?
“I will be going to the University of Milwaukee. My intended major is engineering. I like to do a lot of hands-on work. I like the practical aspect. There are tons of jobs out there.”
What are your summer vacation plans?
“Not much. Just relaxing. I’m working as much as I can to get some money for college. I’m having fun enjoying my last couple of months in Kimberly.”
What is your ideal place to go vacation?
“That’s a tough one. Hawaii.”
Do you have any hobbies?
“I like to hunt (deer and grouse) and fish. Rec softball league is taking up a lot of time.”
What will you miss about high school?
“I’m going to miss knowing everyone and seeing the same faces. I will miss the coaches. Just everyone and the whole community backing you. On Friday night, they all come out for football. In track, they always congratulate me. It’s nice to be backed up by the community.”
Smartphone or iPhone?
“I have an iPhone.”
“I’m on twitter a lot.”
Favorite singer or band?
Favorite form of transportation – motorcycle, car or truck?
“My moped. It’s a 1991 Yamaha Razz.”
Best piece of advice?
“Never give up. Never base your future off what you are currently. A lot happens to you in high school. Who you are as a freshman is not who you will end up being as a senior.”
“Nate did a nice job of leading by example during our sprint or event technique workouts. It was great to see his hard work transfer over to his success on the track. Nate also did a nice job preparing himself mentally each time he competed.” — Kimberly coach Steve Pratt
— Jim Oskola: 920-993-1000, ext. 230, or email@example.com