In what may or not be her final season as a member of the UW-River Falls track and field team, senior Amanda Rothbauer, a Colfax graduate, capped off her year with a trip to the Division 3 NCAA meet in Delaware, Ohio. Amanda technically has one more season to compete due to an injury last year that forced her to miss a season but is not sure if she will be able to run another year due to school commitments.
She saw action in the 400m run, the 1500m run, the 4 X 400 relay and her specialty, the 800m run during the course of the season. After qualifying for the finals in the 800 at the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference meet May 2-3 at UW-Oshkosh with a time of 2:18.29, she placed sixth in the finals at 2:15.67. At the Phil Easton Challenge in La Crosse, she ran a season best 2:15.38, again placing sixth. Her time was the fourth best in the WIAC at that time. After competing in an NCAA qualifying meet at UW-Oshkosh, she ran a 2:12.48 which was the 15th fastest time in the country and sent her to the National meet in Delaware, OH. She then lowered her own record again with a 2:12.21 which put her 12th out of 22 runners.
Amanda also ran a leg of the eighth place 4 X 400 relay at the conference meet, placed third in the 400 and fourth in the relay at the St. Mary’s Open in Winona, MN and was fifth at the UW-RF Falcon Invite in the 1500. She also set a school record during the indoor season in the 800 at the NCAA qualifying meet at 2:12.91.
“Amanda is the best possible example you will ever find of a student-athlete,” Scott Sekelsky (Skelly), distance coach for the team said. “She is a great student and shows up for practice every day and works her butt off. She had a very successful senior year and has no one to thank more then herself. She deserved to finish the year at the national meet.”
Amanda reflected on her season and her future while observing the high school sectional meet in Colfax May 30.
“I was running my best at the end of the season and running at the national meet was a big accomplishment and was very exciting. I will be student teaching next year and I don’t know if I will be able to compete for the final year or not. It would be kind of nice to finish up with my teammates I have been with for the past four years and with my final race being at the NCAA meet but I’ll wait and see how things go next year,” she added.