Now that’s a birthday present.
Last Wednesday, her 18th birthday, Tekamah-Herman senior Marin Jetensky signed a letter of intent to run track for Wayne State College.
Signing in front of a collection of family, coaches and friends, Jetensky said the special day was just a coincidence.
“Signing day just happened to be today,” she said.
Despite being a three-sport standout for the Tigers, Jetensky said she hadn’t drawn a lot of attention from other schools.
In the end, it may not have mattered. Jetensky said she very much likes the atmosphere at Wayne State.
“I’m a small-town kid and I really like the small town feel there,”she said. “The campus felt like home.”
She also said the number of Tekamah grads at the school should help ease the transition into college life.
Jetensky is an all-East Husker Conference caliber athlete in volleyball and basketball and has excelled on the track for the Tigers in every race from the 400 to the 3,200 and has run relays as well. For example, she placed second in the 800 meters and third in the 400 at the logan View Invitational the day before her signing. She also ran a leg on the sixth-place 4x400-meter relay team.
Jetensky set the school record in the 1,600 meters as a sophomore and last year ran within a half-second of the 400-meter dash mark which has stood for more than 40 years.
“The Wildcats will be getting a dedicated, committed athlete,” T-H girls track coach Taylor Klein said. “She’ll do well anywhere they put her.”
Where that may be has yet to be decided.
Jetemsky said Wildcat coaches told her they’d take a look at her times this spring, then make a decision after she gets to campus.
If they think Jetensky is best suited for distance races, they’ll start her out in the fall with the cross country team.
Jetensky will be joining a young Wildcat squad. The team lists only three seniors on its 2018 roster and all three are throwers. Among the younger team members is 2017 T-H grad Sarah Stang who is seeing her first year of competition this spring.