Volleyball Athletes Finding Success In Track and Field
In Wisconsin the track and field season seems to be ending the same time it is starting. With conference meets going on and regionals and sectionals around the corner, rankings with times, jumps, and throws are starting to separate the…
In Wisconsin the track and field season seems to be ending the same time it is starting. With conference meets going on and regionals and sectionals around the corner, rankings with times, jumps, and throws are starting to separate the elite athletes from the rest of the class. The crossover between volleyball and track is a convenient and natural blend for most athletes. You need fast twitch muscles in volleyball to jump, dive, and react. In field events you need the strength to throw or jump. Here is a list of athletes who have found success in both areas of track and field along with volleyball. There are plenty more out there, but these are eight crossover athletes that have found success in two seasons.
Emily Scott – Kimberly – Class of 2018
Scott already has two state titles under her belt and will be looking for her third for Kimberly this spring. Scott was an All State middle blocker for the Papermakers and will be playing volleyball for Louisville. With Scott jumping over 5’6 for high jump, she would have the ability to compete at the Division 1 level in track as well. Scott’s counterpart on the volleyball court and high jumping area is Kalli Mau, a Class of 2020 setter, who has cleared 5’2 so far this year in the high jump.
Natalie Mohring – DC Everest – Class of 2018
Mohring is one of the state’s best all around athletes earning All State honors in volleyball as a setter with over 800 assists and 150 kills. However, Mohring has the top throws in WIAA Division 1 of 150 feet 1 inch in the discus. Mohring will be continuing her track career at NCAA Division 1 North Dakota. With a runner-up finish in the discus last year, Mohring will be looking to close out her high school athletic career with a state title.
Grace Baumann – West Bend West – Class of 2018
Baumann already has some top ten finishes at the state track meet specializing in hurdles, although this year she is on some of the top mid distance relays in Division 1 for West Bend West. Baumann was also a 3rd Team All State pick, leading her team to a sectional runner-up finish. With 351 kills and 368 digs in her Senior year, she is a solid six rotation player who can play any front row position. Before she continues her volleyball career at St. Norbert, Bauman, will be looking to finish off running at the state track meet in La Crosse.
Carissa Sundholm – Wisconsin Lutheran – Class of 2019
Sundholm is one of many pulling double duty this Spring running track and playing club volleyball. Currently Sundholm is a sprinter for Wisconsin Lutheran with a 4×100 relay team in the top 10 for Division 1 teams. Sundholm is also an athletic, outside hitter for Milwaukee Sting and Wisconsin Lutheran. Last year for Wisco she had just under 300 kills and digs. She will be gearing up for her Senior year which Wisconsin Lutheran has a solid nucleus of experience returning.
Lexi Donarski – La Crosse Aquinas – Class of 2020
There isn’t much Donarski can’t do. She has played in a state volleyball tournament as a Freshman, won a state title in basketball this past winter as a Sophomore, and has some of the top times in WIAA Division 2 for the sprints with her 100 and 200 meter dash being in the top ten. Donarski has already made her verbal commitment to play basketball at Iowa State.
Cece Huhn – Plymouth – Class of 2019
Huhn is a middle blocker on the volleyball court and with the attributes of being long, athletic, and powerful it fits her strengths in field events. She currently has a top jump of 5’4 which is top in her Regional as well as the longest throw for discus with 128 feet. Huhn has made her verbal commit to play volleyball at NCAA Division 1 Northern Colorado, but still has one more year of volleyball to play in high school still. She will also look to pick up some hardware at the state track meet as well. Huhn and Scott both play club for Wisconsin Volleyball Academy.
Amber Rowoldt – Lakeside Lutheran – Class of 2018
Rowoldt ended her Senior year in volleyball with a state title and will hope to snag another when it comes to track this season. Rowoldt is the top sprinter in the 100 and 200 meter dash in her Regional, is part of Lakeside Lutheran’s top sprint relays, and also has one of the best triple jumps for WIAA Division 2. An All State volleyball player as well as an outside hitter, Rowoldt will be taking her game Southeast to play volleyball at Palm Beach Atlantic.
Madison Rizner – Richland Center – Class of 2018
One of Rowoldt’s top competition will come down the road in Richland Center from Madison Rizner. Right now Rizner is either first or second in four events from her Region. Rizner is a dynamic athlete, and is the Division 2 top triple jumper right now with a jump of 37 feet. Rizner and Rowoldt were club teammates at Capital Volleyball Academy out of Madison. Rizner will be heading to Winona State after a Senior season at RC with 400 kills.