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by Marlys Kruger
PLATTEVILLE — 2018 Boyceville high school graduate Paulina Wienke finished her junior year of college but only her second year of track and field competition for the UW-Platteville Pioneers this past spring.
After throwing the shot put and discus in high school and competing at state two years, Wienke added the weight throw and hammer throw to her repertoire her freshman year at Platteville. She threw personal bests of 41-7 in the weight throw, 123-4 in the hammer, 106-0 in the discus and 37-8.5 in the shot put. She placed 20th in the shot put at the WIAC Outdoor Championship meet with a toss of 37-1.
There was no sophomore season for Wienke or any of her teammates as the WIAC cancelled all sports due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Wienke came back for her second year of throwing in 2021 and placed high in several meets. In the UW-Platteville Border Battle, Wienke was fourth in the hammer throw with a toss of 141-06 and seventh in the discus at 118-11. In duel meets against UW-Stevens Point, Wienke won the weight throw in the first meet with a 48-0.75 throw, and in the second meet she hurled the shot put 37-6.50 and the weight 47-5.25, good enough to win both events.
In the UW-Whitewater-Drake alternative meet, Wienke placed third in the hammer at 147-8, 13th in the shot put with a heave of 36-07 and 14th in the discus at 147-8. Her personal bests so far are 38-0.25 in the shot put, which was achieved at the Pioneer Open March 27, good for seventh place, and 48-5.5 in the weight throw which gave her second place at the UW-Platteville-UW-Whitewater Duel meet Feb. 6.
In addition, at the WIAC Track and Field Championship meet May-7-8, Wienke had personal best tosses in the hammer throw at 156-2 for ninth place, and 120-0 in the discus for 17th place. In her final meet of the year, she was seventh at the UW- La Crosse Eagle Open, throwing the hammer 148-07 but did not qualify for nationals this spring.