Recent Pine River-Backus graduate Nate Wosmek will continue his track and field career next year at Ripon College in Ripon, Wisconsin.

The Emily resident qualified for the state tournament in the hurdles in each of the past two years, finishing 11th in the 300-meter hurdles at the 2019 meet. He also holds the school record in the 110 hurdles, setting the mark with a time of 15.49. He also competed in the 4x200 relay and the high jump in his senior year for the Tigers.

At the next level, he will primarily focus his efforts on running the 110-meter hurdles.

Initially considering signing with Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota, Wosmek instead opted for the welcoming people and atmosphere of Ripon, as well as its state-of-the-art facilities.

“They have some nice facilities - some very nice track facilities, actually,” Wosmek said. “The coaches seem really nice and very helpful. Even through high school, they were giving me drills to focus on … They just built a new facility with a nice indoor track, a big new weight room and new locker rooms.”

Also built alongside the new facility are new classrooms for physical education courses, a career Wosmek is strongly considering.

He has been in talks with the Redhawks coaching staff for several weeks. When he gets home from his summer job, he is adhering to a strict weightlifting and sprinting workout plan given to him by his future coaches before he reports to his new team in late August.

“I’m just looking forward to running track again,” Wosmek said. “I really feel like it is going to be fun, and the facility there is unbelievable.”