|1/24/2013 12:06:00 PM|
Chelan junior Pittsinger places 8th at UW meet
Since winning the District 6 1A titles in discus and shot put last spring as a sophomore, Chelan High School's Karle Pittsinger has concentrated on improving her skills.
And the hard work is starting to show up.
Pittsinger, now a junior, was invited to compete in the University of Washington winter-season opening track meet on Jan. 12 where she launched a 4kilogram discus 39 feet-4 inches to place eighth overall, according to a UW sports information website.
The Caribou Trail League 2012 female track athlete of the year competed against 29 women from at least eight universities and improved her best competitive throw, and her own CHS record, by 3 feet.
There is no discus in the indoor meets.
Pittsinger, who also runs the 400 meters and lettered in volleyball, attended a track camp November and December at UW, and got to know the head throwers coach at that time, said her mother, Julie Pittsinger, a former Olympian.
U.S. Olympian Jarred Rome has been training Karle since the volleyball season ended in early November.
Rome trains 10 athletes around the country who he feels are committed and have the talent to go as far as they would like in the sport. The Pittsinger family met Rome at the Olympic Games in London last summer, Julie said.
Karle wakes up at 5:30 a.m. to train and often has a second session in the afternoon with her father and CHS throwers coach Bret Pittsinger. She will compete again in two weeks.
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