ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Bloomer senior Kyra Arendt

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BLOOMER, Wis. (WEAU) -- We're only a few weeks into the high school track and field season and already there's been some outstanding performances, but maybe none better than Bloomer senior Kyra Arendt leaping her way into the record books with the 9th best triple jump in state history. The UW-Milwaukee track and field recruit is our Osseo Automotive Athlete of the Week.

The tale of the tape, 39 feet, 1.25 inches.

"I was in shock at first," Arendt said. "I knew it was for sure a really solid, good jump. It flowed together really well."

"My mouth dropped and I think hers did too," co-head coach Nick Schumacher added. "I was figuring 38, maybe. So, I go back and see it was 39, and I was like, 'That can't be right.'"

Remarkably enough, Kyra's record jump happened at the first meet of the year.

"I actually told her at the beginning of the season that my goal for her is to get somewhere close to 39, and on the first jump she goes 39," Schumacher explained. "Right after she did that I said, 'Now, we're going to have to push that up to 40.'"

Raising the bar is nothing new for Kyra, as she's worked incredibly hard to become one of the best triple jumpers in the state.

"I guess I really like how it just combines explosiveness and speed," Arendt said. "There's just a lot more to process when you're going through triple jump."

"That leadership and just watching how determined she is," Schumacher added. "She's got pretty close to the perfect for that you want."

Kyra is the two-time defending state triple jump champion in Division 2, but she's trying to keep her cool and focus on each meet as they come.

"There is some pressure, but it's just competing," Arendt explained. "At the end of the day, it's just another competition, another meet and you just have to perform."

"To be a three-time triple jump state champion would be pretty cool to be able to say for the rest of her life," Schumacher added.

While triple jump is her focus, Kyra will also long jump and run the 4x400 meter relay this season with hopes of helping the Blackhawks capture a team title as well at the state meet in La Crosse.



 
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