Track was a family sport for Tessa Krempel. Her older brother, Matthew, was a thrower for his high school track team. So was her dad. He became one of Krempel’s coaches when she started in seventh grade. Initially, she didn’t want to throw, but she soon followed in her family’s footsteps.
“I never wanted to be that big, stereotypical, you know, big-girl thrower, but then I started getting good at it and so I kept doing it because it made my dad happy,” Krempel said. “Ever since, it’s been my number one.”
She came to WKU in fall 2014 to sharpen her throwing skills and compete. However, after only two years on the track and field team, her future in the sport was unclear.
Originally published in the 2015 edition of Western Kentucky University’s Talisman.