West's Jaworski Set for International Track Meet

West's ​Jaworski Set for International Track Meet
Posted on 07/02/2018
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​​Jaworski set for international track meet

Tim Johnson Wausau Daily Herald
USA TODAY NETWORK - WISCONSIN

WAUSAU – Brooke Jaworski has been a top performer in Wisconsin prep track and field meets and Junior Olympic events across the nation over past few years. Now she will get an opportunity in her first international competition.

The Wausau West standout is a member of the Team USA contingent headed to Tampere, Finland, for the International Association of Athletics Federation World U20 Championships from July 10-15.

Jaworski earned a spot on the team with a second-place finish in the women’s 400-meter hurdles during the USA Junior Outdoor Championships in Bloomington, Indiana, earlier this month.

"This has been one of my dreams to make it to this meet, and to do it is kind of surreal," said Jaworski, who is headed into her senior year at West. "I don’t really know how to describe it yet, it’s a huge thing and I’m trying to take it all in. I’m sure once I get over there it will hit me — that I’m running for the United States of America."

Jaworski, who has won seven gold medals in three WIAA state track meets in her prep career, competed in the Junior Outdoor Nationals about two weeks after she finished first in the Division 1 girls 400 meters and 300 hurdles and reached the podium four times during the state meet in La Crosse. Her winning time of 41.40 in the 300 hurdles set a state record and ranked as the fifth-fastest time nationally this spring. She had the fastest qualifying time in the 400 hurdles in Bloomington and had a time of 57.63 seconds in the fi-

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Wausau West’s Brooke Jaworski will compete in the 400-meter hurdles in the IAAF World U20 Championships from July 10-15 in Tampere, Finland.

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nals. She dove across the finish line to take second just behind Jurnee Woodward, who recently completed her freshman season at LSU.

"That was definitely the closest race I have been in before," said Jaworski, who started competing in the 300 hurdles for the first time in her prep career in May. "I was nervous about the unknown going into the meet being it was my first time running the 400 hurdles (in competition). There were some amazing girls that I ran against. That level of competition was pretty nerve-wracking but pushed me to be my best."

"Even though its only 100 more meters and two more hurdles (than the 300 hurdles), it’s a completely different race," Jaworski said. "There’s a different tempo from the 300 hurdles when you just kind of go all-out. Going into the race I just kind of tried to relax and stick to my strategy because I don’t have the best hurdle form yet. I just stuck with what I knew."

The 400 hurdle competition begins on July 11, the second day of the meet in Finland with qualifying heats with the semifinal and final coming in each of the next two following days.

"I’m not sure what the competition is like because I’ve never raced internationally before," Jaworski said. "I just know it’s going to be challenging, but I am up for it. I "It’s obviously humbling to be part of Team USA and compete internationally, but I am not going in just happy to be there," Jaworski said. "I am going in to compete and try and finish in the top three."

Jaworski said the focus after the meet will be on preparations for the prep cross country season this fall along her college track recruitment.

"This whole junior year I have really been introduced to the recruiting process, and it’s kind of been a whirlwind especially the last couple of weeks after the performance in the national meet," Jaworski said. "I just want to kind of sit down and sort everything out. I definitely want to have a hard list of the (schools) I really want to consider by the end of summer."