Iola-Scandinavia High School senior Shelby Trzebiatowski has committed to run for the University of Wisconsin-Parkside’s cross country team.
“We only graduated one of our top seven runners,” UW-Parkside cross country coach Micah VanDenend said. “We are really excited to see the team in action next year. We believe that we should be in the hunt to contend for a conference title in cross country. Hopefully, we can put a team together that can qualify to the national championships.”
According to VanDenend, the team had a great conference showing and was ranked regionally and nationally at certain points throughout their season.
Trzebiatowski is one of six women who have committed to UW-Parkside, located in Kenosha.
“It is a great opportunity,” she said. “I am grateful to run at the collegiate level at all, let alone at an NCAA Division II.”
Running at the collegiate level will be somewhat of an adjustment for Trzebiatowski, as there will be 3K, 5K and 10K races.
“It is a little intimidating going from running in Division 3 in high school to a Division II-level college,” she said. “I know there will be tougher competition, but I am excited to see what I can do.”
I-S cross country coach Bethany Gant said Trzebiatowski is the exact kind of athlete every coach wants on their team.
“Shelby is an extremely hard worker and pushes herself at every practice,” she said. “She is continually dropping time and passing up other runners because of her work ethic. She is a great goal setter.”
Trzebiatowski is also a leader that motivates others to be better and work harder, she said.
“Our ladies do a fantastic job in the classroom and they are extremely hard working,” VanDenend said. “I have high expectations for the future of our program.”
Trzebiatowski, the daughter of Gary and Jackie Trzebiatowski of Iola, plans on studying exercise science and sports management.