West’s Jaworski Chooses to Run at Texas

West’s Jaworski Chooses to Run at Texas
Posted on 11/16/2018
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West’s Jaworski chooses to run at Texas

Tim Johnson
Wausau Daily Herald
USA TODAY NETWORK - WISCONSIN

Brooke Jaworski had more than a few choices on where she wanted to run college track. Her decision came down to comfort level.

The Wausau West track standout who has won seven gold medals in three WIAA state track and field meets in her prep career signed a national letter of intent with Texas on Wednesday morning. She selected the Austin school after her final visit during a whirlwind tour of colleges this fall. Florida and Stanford were also among the finalists.

"It was one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever made in my life, and it came down to where I was going to be the happiest both academically and athletically," Jaworski said. "(Texas) was the place for me."

Jaworski was one of four Warriors girls athletes to make college decisions official during a short ceremony at Wausau West. Warriors girls basketball players Maddie Schires and Kadie Deaton signed with Youngstown State (Ohio) and Northern Colorado, respectively, and Isabella D’Burke will run track at Concordia Unviersity in St. Paul, Minnesota.

"Maddie and Kadie have been special for us for a long time and they came up big last night (in a season-opening win over Pulaski)," West coach Tom Weinkauf said. "It’s a real privilege to coach kids of the caliber and to see them have the success they have had."

Jaworski was a multi-time state qualifer in cross country but will be a track athlete at Texas. She holds the WIAA Division 1 records in the 400 meters, 300 hurdles and is part of a record-setting 400 relay team. She also competed in the 400 hurdles in the International Association of Athletics Federation World U20 Championships in July.

With her college decision made, she is focused on a final prep track season this spring.

"I just want to get better and go for those records I have set in previous years and just become a well-rounded athlete," Jaworski said.

Schires made her commitment to the Penguins in her junior season and said the Horizon League program stood out to her from the start.

"I just love the atmosphere there," said the Warriors guard who was an unanimous all-Wisconsin Valley Conference select ion last year. "The coaches were phenomenal when I was there (on visit) and I just felt like I was at home."

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Wausau West’s Brooke Jaworski smiles at her friends after signing a national letter of intent to run track at Texas on Wednesday morning. Jaworski was one of four Wausau West girls athletes to make their college commitments official.

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USA TODAY NETWORK-WISCONSIN

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The Penguins have been a popular option for local players lately. D.C. Everest graduate Taylor Petit is a freshman guard, and Owen-Withee standout Jennifer Wendler made her commitment to the Penguins official Wednesday as well.

"I think it just felt like home for all of us," said Schires, who also gave consideration to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, South Dakota and Bowling Green Deaton made her decision to attend the Greeley, Colorado, campus in June. A big selling point for the Warriors guard, who was a first team all-WVC selection last year. was Bears coach Jenny Huth.

"She was a guard in college and her play style is really similar to me and I see her making me the best basketball player," said Deaton, who ranked second in the WVC last year in assist s per game. "I also considered Chattanooga (Tennessee) ... but really it came down to (Northern Colorado) because I have family out there and my mom played out in Colorado. I just like the culture and environment out there."

D’Burke was part of West’s state qualifying 1,600 and 3,200 relays as a junior and it was around then that the recruitment with Concordia University began in earnest. While she gave consideration to a handful of other opportunities, the St. Paul campus and the Division II program was always in the forefront.

"It just has such a family feel there," D’Burke said. "It’s a small school so you get to really know everybody and get a good connection with the coaches but it’s also in St. Paul so you get the big-city feel as well."

Wausau West senior Isabella D’Burke signs her national letter of intent to run track at Concordia University in St. Paul, Minnesota, on Wednesday morning.

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