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Kendra Paasch

December 21, 2018

By: Abby Kaup

After qualifying for the state track tournament her sophomore and junior year, senior Kendra Paasch plans to take her throwing career to the next level.

            Paasch has been involved in volleyball, basketball, and track during high school. She has done exceptionally well in all three sports, but she excels in shot put and discus. She holds the WPBHS school records for shot put and discus; she broke both of these records her junior year.

            Paasch broke the previous shot put record held by Jenny Hansen since 2003 when she threw 39’4”. Her discus record of 131’10” broke the 1987 record held by Jenny Arensburg.

            Paasch participated at the state track meet in 2017 and 2018. Her sophomore year, 2017, she placed 8th in discus. She placed third in discus and eighth in shot put her junior year. Paasch was ranked 7th all-class in discus at the 2018 state tournament.

            Paasch is looking to have even more success her senior year. She has put in a lot of work outside of track season to help her reach her goals. Her hard work will help her prepare for athletics at the college level.

            Head track coach Craig Schmidt spoke about Kendra; “She has been pretty good under pressure on the biggest states. The state meet is pretty packed with pressure; you only get three throws. She’s a pretty good competitor when it comes to the final stages.”

            Paasch committed to Wayne State College.  

            Paasch’s reasons for selecting Wayne are simple. Paasch stated “I want to compete at a high level, and Division II seems like a good fit; also, this school is very good in academics and athletics.”

            A big sacrifice that Paasch will have to make by being a collegiate track athlete will be giving up her time.

Kendra said “Competing in a college sport takes up a lot of time, and I will have to learn how to manage my time effectively.”

Having a second family in college and having a great experience over the course of four years are a few things Paasch looks forward to in her college track career.

One of her goals is getting to the level of competition that Michaela Dendinger reached. Dendinger was a track athlete from Wayne State College who was a 12 time All-American between the hammer, shot put, discus, and weight throw.


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