LA CROSSE — Tess Keyzers admits she had a less-than-stellar start in the WIAA Division 2 state shot put competition at Veterans Memorial Stadium on Friday.LA
But there was no doubt that the sophomore finished strong as she won the event at the state track meet with a throw of 44 feet, missing her personal record by a half-inch.
“In the beginning I was throwing 35s and 37s,” she said. “I started off the power throw with the 35 and after that I got a little nerves going in and I think that’s what got me throwing bad. But then I psyched myself up and I finished strong.”
Keyzers, a sophomore, got her winning throw on her last attempt. That also meant she had to wait and watch her competition attempt their final throws.
“When I saw it hit under the (45-foot marker) I was super jacked,” she said. “But then I had to watch everybody else finish throwing to make sure that was the first-place throw. I was freaking out.”
Seymour’s Kristina Herman, a senior, took fourth (40-7.75).
Keyzers is already thinking about next year.
“Seeing what I accomplished this year, I’m just super jacked for next season,” she said. “So hopefully I can accomplish the same thing.”