Belding freshman Greta Wilker a state finalist


By Chip Burch • Last Updated 9:26 am on Friday, May 24, 2013

 

BELDING — Belding High School athlete Greta Wilker is only a freshman. But she’s a state finalist.

Wilker is going to the Division 2 state finals in track after winning the regionals Saturday. Wilker threw a 35-3 in the shot put and a 107-7 in the discus.

“I was definitely surprised and excited,” Wilker said. “I put a lot of practice in. It was pretty surreal.”

Wilker said it took her a little bit to process the scene.

“I was a little in shock at first,” she said. “It was just real exciting because my friends were there and my teammates were there.”

Her coach, John Carlson, has watched her progress throughout middle school.

“Greta did a great job. She’s a strong young lady,” Carlson said. “She throws show after she gets done with softball practice. It was nice to see her progression from middle school to high school.”

Wilker didn’t know how far she could go.

“It’s always hard to tell,” Wilker said. “In shot put and disc one throw and you can win but one throw and you can scratch. I think I can throw farther and perfect the little things.”

But Carlson thinks she can do really well.

“She’s already broke the shot put record,” he said, noting Wilker did that in her first meet of the season. “She’s got a way to go to break the discus record. She’s a great talent and she likes to work hard.”

But Carlson thought Wilker had a real chance at winning the regionals.

“We knew she was ranked really high in the shot put and she had a really good chance to win the shot,” he said. “She threw eight feet farther than she had ever thrown before. That was a nice surprised in the regionals.”

Wilker is also two-sporting, playing softball with the varsity Redskins while doing track. Wilker said her success in track won’t change her desire to continue two-porting during her high school career.

“Definitely not,” she said. “I love both my sports way too much to think about one or the other. The reason I do them both is I love them both and couldn’t choose.”

Wilker’s next action will be at the Michigan interscholastic Track Coaches Association meet in Zeeland Saturday.

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