Schwartz signs with USI trackMay 19, 2021
By COREY STOLZENBACH
JASPER — It hasn’t been an easy four years of high school for Brynn Schwartz. She’s excelled on the track when healthy, but the problem is that she hasn’t always been healthy.
“I have only competed one full year of track, and that was my sophomore year,” Schwartz said. “Freshman year, I had a back and hamstring injury. Junior year wasn’t a thing because of COVID, and then this year, I had a meniscus repair surgery in February.”
Yet, despite all the adversity that she’s had to deal with, despite her high school track experience being limited, she signed her letter of intent to run track at the University of Southern Indiana Wednesday morning.
For somebody who began running track her seventh grade year, and simply went to the call out meeting back then to get out of homeroom, she signed up and fell in love with it her first day of practice.
Schwartz told the Herald that the recruiting process has been difficult because programs at the next level were basing things off of times during her sophomore year, and a lot of can change from that time. She’s grateful for the chance, but she still feels like she has a lot to prove in practices and on the track.
“I have to prove that I can come back from multiple very, very hard years, and that I’m unshakeable and I can do it,” she said.
The injuries have definitely served as her motivation, but without her injuries, she wouldn’t be the athlete that she is.
“Thankfully, USI was open-minded to give her the opportunity, because she has talent, and it’s talent that I would love to have on our team this year,” Jasper girls track coach Dean Jerger said. “But it is what it is, and she’s going to make the most of it. So, I wish her the best of luck. And we’ll be rooting for her and keeping an eye on her the next four years.”
Yet, it still said something about Schwartz that the Screaming Eagles are taking a chance on her in spite of her limited high school experience — and Jerger, who just came off of coaching a sectional championship Tuesday evening, had high praise for her.
“She is good,” he said. “Without exaggerating too much, she would’ve been the top or second-best scorer for us this year. She would’ve been in three-to-four events, she’s multi-talented in many different field events and sprinting. I don’t think some of the girls on our team realize how much talent she has, and as a coach, it might be a little frustrating, but it’s days like today you got to celebrate, and it gives you some good perspective.”
Schwartz has competed as a sprinter, jumper and in relays for Jasper. She will major in exercise science at USI, and looks to run the 400m dash for the Screaming Eagles. Schwartz added, though, that she will also compete in the 200m dash and in the high jump if needed in those events.
“I’ve been really looking forward to this day,” Schwartz said. “I’ve had this speech written since my freshman year. I’ve always wanted to run track in college.”
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