Track and field may be Alyssa Frauendorfer's least favorite sport, but that won't affect the Humphrey senior's pursuit for gold this weekend at the state tournament.
Four golds, just like last year.
“I'm not going to do something halfway, even if I don't like it,” she said.
Frauendorfer will be chasing Class D titles in the triple jump, long jump, 200 and 400 relay.
She won't run in the open 400, which she won last year, because the 400 relay is doing so well and the 400 is at the same time as the long jump. Frauendorfer, Mikaela Classen, Shelby Veik and Tarrin Beller are a tenth of a second off the school record at 51.7, a long-established mark they are determined to break.
Strong competition and Burke Stadium's fast track will help with that quest, coach Corey Uldrich said.
Frauendorfer already holds school records in the triple jump (37-8½) and the 200 (25.5). She tied older sister Paige's school mark with a long jump of 18 feet, 2¼ inches at districts.
“She's two inches from the (Class D) state record in that event,” Uldrich said. “We're hoping she can break that.”
Not bad for someone who has competed in track since junior high only to stay in shape for basketball and volleyball, which she'll play next year for Wayne State College.
Frauendorfer said she doesn't like track because she gets so nervous. “Let's get this over” is her mantra before events.
That hasn't cooled her competitive fire or her willingness to put in extra time to excel. Uldrich says she's always the one who wants to run an extra 200 or 400 in workouts.
She's shown the younger girls on the team what it takes to be good, especially Beller, a freshman who competes in many of the same events.
“She's a competitor. She doesn't want to lose,” Uldrich said. “You can put her in a sport she doesn't want to do, and as soon as she's on the track, the field or the court, she gets in this mode that she will not lose.”
She's lost only twice this spring, once when she had to pull up with an injury in the 200 at the Norfolk Classic. She also lost in the long jump at that meet, and she wasn't happy.
Frauendorfer's long jump last week was the best ever in Class D district competition. It also broke the Wisner-Pilger stadium record, as did her 37-3¾ effort in the triple jump.
She said things just felt right that day.
“I just knew that it's districts and that you don't get another chance to get in the state meet,” she said.
She's within eight inches of the state record (38-1¾) in the triple jump, and it's a possibility if conditions are good, Uldrich said.
The coach said it will be strange not to have a Frauendorfer on his squad after eight years with Paige and Alyssa and their countless strong performances and exemplary character.
The younger Frauendorfer will be happy her track career is over. Still, she's glad she did it and has no regrets.
She just needs to end it the right way, with a spot in the record books.
“Being up there with the best of the best in Nebraska would definitely be an honor to have,” she said.
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