There is a certain grace that comes with the high jump. The run up in a J. The throwing of the arms to get maximum height. The subtle turn to get your body perpendicular to the bar. The final kick of the heels to clear the height. It takes awhile to pick it up. But Oshkosh West girls high jumper Alyssa Weiler picked it up pretty quick. In just two years she’s become one of the top high jumpers in the Fox Valley Association and cleared 5-foot-4 to win at the Spartan Invitational last Friday.
Oshkosh Northwestern Media caught up with Weiler before a West practice to talk about winning the Spartan Invitational and the rest of her season.
Oshkosh Northwestern: How did it feel to take home first in the high jump at the Spartan Invitational?:
Alyssa Weiler: It felt really good because I’ve worked really hard to be in it. It felt really good winning high jump because I came in there (seeded) second and just ended up winning overall. It’s a really big accomplishment for myself and I hope to just keep getting better.
ON: You’ve also had a really good start to this season with plenty of wins under your belt already. How has it felt to get off to such a fast start this season?:
AW: Every time I do better it gets me pumped for the next time. I just end up doing way better. It just gets me going even more and knowing that I keep doing better and that my teammates are there to support me, it helps a lot, too.
ON: You’ve only been out for track these past two years and just got into high jumping again. How accomplished do you feel knowing that you’ve come this far in this short of a time period?:
AW: I feel really accomplished. It’s hard, obviously, not doing track for awhile. Coming in and having to start it all over again was pretty difficult. Then, once I got caught up it felt pretty good to be back on track where I was and it feels even better to be pushing farther from where I started.
ON: You have another high jumper on the team in Alison Williams. How much does she push you to get better in practices and in meets and to have her there with you?:
AW: It’s really, really nice. We have mini-competitions with each other and both of us are very proud of each other. We never get upset if one of us does better than the other. I think that helps a lot because we always have somebody there for us to cheer us on no matter what.
ON: Where do you hope you can finish your season, especially since it’s your senior year?:
AW: I obviously want to make it to state. That would be a really big goal to hit. I’m also two inches away right now from the school record (in high jump). It would be really cool to tie that.
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