While learning the field of nursing, Shiner senior Brooke Kloesel will continue to run competitively.
Shiner senior Brooke Kloesel, front row, third from left, made her commitment to run cross country and track at Texas Lutheran University official. Joining Kloesel for the ceremony were front row, from left, brother Hunter Kloesel, grandmother Georgie Kloesel, and grandfather Raymond Kloesel, and back row, track and field coach Cece Oden, mother Jody Kloesel, father Nathan Kloesel and cross country coach Michelle Winkenwerder. all photos from Facebook
Kloesel signed a letter of intent to join Texas Lutheran University’s cross country and track teams for next school year.
“It’s very exciting and I am very blessed to have this opportunity to go run at the collegiate level,” Kloesel said. “
In track and field, Kloesel could throw the javelin and do the steeplechase.
The TLU cross country and track programs revealed their interest in Kloesel running on their teams last year.
“Coach (Darlene) Holland contacted my coach (Michelle) Winkenwerder last year and expressed her want for me to compete on their team,” Kloesel said. “I have been communicating with her ever since.”
TLU was not the only school interested in Kloesel competing for them but was in the lead as it had the strongest nursing program, which Kloesel is very interested in as a career choice.
“They have a 100 percent pass rate in their program,” she said.
Kloesel’s goals as a first-year student and athletes is do weil in the LVN program and emerge as one of TLU’s top runners.
And Kloesel will continue her musical talents as well.
“I am going to be in the band as well,” she said.
She is the second Lady Comanche athlete to commit to the TLU athletics program following fellow senior, softball player Bethany Nevlud who signed with TLU a couple of weeks ago to play softball.
Kloesel said Bethany’s and her paths should cross sometimes at athletic workouts.
Encouragement and motivation from Shiner teammates, and the support of the community itself will be missed by Kloesel.
“I will miss all the support I have over here in Shiner,” Kloesel said.
Kloesel has accomplished a lot in her four years of cross country and track at Shiner.
In cross country, she has run on the varsity team all four years, advanced to regionals as a freshman; went to regionals and state as a sophomore. Her junior year, she was the district champions, alternate to state and won TGCA All- Star Team honors.
This school year, she was district champion, competed at the 2017 State XC Meet, and was TGCA All-State, TGCA All-Star Legacy Team, TGCA All-State Academic and THSCA All-State Academic Second Team.
Kloesel ran track all four years of high school. As a freshman, she ran the 800-meter dash and the 1600, making the area meet and was named to the TGCA All- State Academic Team.
As a sophomore, she ran the 800 and the 1600, advancing to the regional finals. In her junior year, she ran the 800 and the 1600, making the area finals.
This year, she was the district champion for the the 1600 and 3200, placing fourth in the 3200 at regionals.
Kloesel has also participated in softball, volleyball and cheerleading at Shiner HS.
Shiner senior Brooke Kloesel signs her TLU commitment with her family and the 2017 Shiner Cross Country team looking on. Shiner senior Brooke Kloesel signs her TLU commitment with her family and the 2018 Shiner Track & Field team looking on.
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