Karen Wyzykowski never fails to impress on the field. If she isn't setting a state record, she is breaking a personal best performance. If neither happens, there is still a good chance she at least has won the event.
It's safe to say Wyzykowski dominated the discus and javelin this season in girls track. She set the state record in the discus with a throw of 149 feet, which she accomplished in the CIAC Class S meet.
She is also the Class S and Open champion in the javelin. She was the runner-up in the discus in the Open to Jaime Crowley of Plainville, but came back strong the next week, winning both the javelin and discus in the New England meet.
She wasn't finished.
In the Adidas Outdoor Track and Field Championships at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C., she placed fifth in the discus with a throw of 144-4 and third in the javelin with a personal best 141-2.
"I just wanted to place both in the discus and the javelin," Wyzykowksi said. "So I guess it was a job well done."
Wyzykowski competed in the Adidas meet a day after she graduated from Old Saybrook High School. She managed to perform well despite the 10-hour drive to North Carolina.
"It was a little tough," Wyzykowski said with a laugh. "I did sleep some, but it's hard to get your rest in a van. But it wasn't too bad."
Wyzykowski thrives on competition, though she makes it a point never to put too much pressure on herself. For instance, she'll never enter a meet with a specific distance in mind, only to throw the discus or javelin as far as she can.
"With me, personally, numbers get me a little nervous," Wyzykowski said.
She broke her own state record in the discus in the Class S meet. She had thrown 145-3 earlier in the season. Everything fell into place in the Class S meet, she said.
"I was so prepared," Wyzykowski said. "I got the technique down. It all happened right there in the Class S meet."
Wyzykowski was disappointed but left with plenty of determination following the Open, when she was the runner-up to Crowley in the discus. Wyzykowski had a bit of an off day, finishing second with a 141-5. Crowley won the event with a personal best and State Open record throw of 142-8, 11 feet better than her personal best.
A week later, Wyzykowski admitted she had grown accustomed to being the best in the discus and was quite motivated in the New England meet. She won the discus with a throw of 146 feet. She won the javelin with a throw of 135-6.
Wyzykowski will be attending the University of North Carolina in the fall. One of the reasons she chose to go there is because the throwing coach, Brian Blutreich, was an Olympian in the discus, Wyzykowski said.
It also will be the first time she will compete without her father Mark, the throwing coach at Old Saybrook, guiding her.
"[Blutreich] might know a little bit more than my father because he was Olympic thrower," she said, "but my father did a great job with me. He really got me through."Copyright © 2015, CT Now