Junior Distance Thrower Trumps School Record


Jordyn Gulbroson | Photo from VMHS Facebook

Mia Perez, Editor

Jordyn Gulbronson, a Junior distance thrower representing track and field, broke two school records at the Wildcat Relays with a throw of 39”2 in girls shot put and a discus throw of 107”1, placing herself first and fourth in her respective competitions. 

“My goals moving forward are to win district and area placings in regionals, then go to state for both events,” she says.

Besides her clear ambition, Jordyn’s accomplishments are partly thanks to the experience she has honed since her first days of track and field back in her second year of middle school. 

“At kaffie, to be in athletics, you had to play two sports, so I played volleyball.” she said. “My older brother did throwing as his second sport. When I went to his track meet and saw what it was, it immediately sparked an interest.”

Unbeknownst to Jordyn, this spark would later guide her through her highschool career – opening windows to new goals, friendships, and opportunity – even through any personal dilemma she would experience. 

“COVID made it seem I wasn’t going to have a season causing a lost passion for throwing which took a toll on my depression causing a mental set back,” she said. “I talked to Coach Nickleson and one of our boy throwers – Aiden Mercado. We built a close friendship, and they have helped me overcome performance anxiety, pushed me to believe in myself, and achieve higher goals.”

Jordyn’s personal growth is only part of the impression she has left on her team. As she navigated through the past few years in track, she flourished as a leader and representative for the track team – both on the field and through personal connections with her teammates.

She has grown so much in her throwing from learning how to spin in shot put and going from hating discus to loving it,” track and field coach Adrianne Nickleson said  “She has grown as a leader on the team: helping her younger teammates with their technique and mentoring them.”

That being said, Jordyn still has time to improve and every reason to strive for greater success as she begins to explore upcoming competitions and admissions to colleges.

“She is very determined and committed to everything she does,” Nickleson said. “She is always looking for ways to improve herself and grow as a thrower and a student-athlete.”