Abby Grosinske was ready to show off the work she put in during the offseason during the track and field season this spring.
Grosinske played on the girls basketball team this winter but still made time to work on track and field events on weekends. Although she won’t get the chance to display her offseason work this spring after the season was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, her hard work paid off in another way.
Grosinske signed a National Letter of Intent to compete in track and field at Division I Troy University on Thursday at her home in Whitewater.
But how does a school in Alabama—931.3 miles away from Whitewater—find a thrower from Whitewater with no senior flim?
Grosinske believes the canceled spring sports season gave colleges more time to focus on recruits. She said her recruiting process picked up steam about three weeks ago, the same time she received an email from Troy throws coach Michelle Clayton.
“My recruiter did a lot for me; he helped out tremendously by showcasing me,” Grosinske said. “Also, my club coach really did a lot with talking with coaches and showing them all the work I did over the winter, because sadly I couldn’t this spring.”
Grosinske said she was initially worried that she would not be able to show potential coaches the progress she made.
“I was worried I wouldn’t get the same amount of attention that I (hoped I) was going to, but when I started talking to more coaches I wasn’t as worried and started to relax,” Grosinske said. “I felt this (Troy) was the best thing for me.”
At Troy—which competes in the Sun Belt Conference—Grosinske said she will compete in shot put, discuss, weight and hammer throws between the indoor and outdoor seasons.
As far as her senior season at Whitewater, Grosinske was hoping to make it back to the state track meet with her relay teams. Last season she competed at state in the 400- and 800-meter relays.
Grosinske also was hoping to qualify for state in throwing events, something she didn’t do last season.
“I also was looking to possibly break a school record this year, but obviously I didn’t get to see that come into fruition,” she said. “I was really excited. I was hoping with more training I could get there for shot put at least.”