The Pointers women’s track and field team has broken not one, but two school records after just three meets this season.
On Jan. 18, senior thrower Maggie Martin broke the school’s weight throw record at the Pointers Alumni Open Meet. Martin surpassed the record by a foot, registering a mark of 55-feet, 11-inches.
Then on Jan. 31, sophomore pole- vaulter Shannon Burke passed the school record at the Tadd Metzger Invite in Kenosha, Wis., when she jumped 3.55 meters, approximately 11-feet, 6.4-inches.
Women’s track and field coach Megan Woloszyn is proud of her two record-breaking athletes.
“Not only did they break the school records, they did it in the first few meets of the season,” Woloszyn said. “I won’t need to change the record board just yet because the records will probably fall again by the end of the season.”
Both Martin and Burke put in a lot of work in the offseason in order to achieve these records.
“During the summer I worked out at my high school in a program targeted for football players called speed, strength, and agility,” Burke said.
“We started captain-led practices in September as soon as school started, just to be more prepared when our official practices actually started in October,” Martin said.
While the two have the connection of breaking a school record in the same season, Martin and Burke had different paths of success up to this point in their track and field careers.
Burke has been at the top of her perspective track and field class through high school, currently holding her high school’s pole- vaulting record.
Martin on the other hand has almost always played second fiddle to her twin sister Abby Martin, who also throws at UW-Oshkosh.
“I was always living in her shadow because she is so phenomenal at throwing and has gone to nationals several times for shot put,” Martin said.
But now Martin has, as she’s put it, left her mark. “It is a huge deal to me,” Martin said. “I feel like I accomplished something great and that I left my mark on UWSP as a Pointer athlete.”
Both athletes are excited about breaking the record and know that there is an opportunity to improve on their current marks.
“I definitely think I can improve my mark, we’ve just begun,” Martin said. “I just have to keep training hard.”
“With the new poles I am getting on, I can definitely see myself breaking that record a few more times,” Burke said.
So with two records broken in just three meets, the question is: could more records fall this year?
Coach Woloszyn believes that anything is possible.
“Yes we do have possibilities in other events,” Woloszyn said. “Things are progressing really well this season and we are all excited to see where we rank up against the teams in our outstanding conference.”