Karle Pittsinger signs with UW
a state champion in the shot put, Karle Pittsinger was being wooed by a number
of colleges to enter their track and field programs. She chose the University
of Washington because it offers the educational opportunities she is seeking
after graduation from Chelan High School.
Pittsinger signs with UW in track and field
by Richard Uhlhorn
Senior Karle Pittsinger has signed a scholarship
offer with the University of Washington Track and Field Team. “I’m pretty
excited,” Karle said. Being excited is an understatement from a young lady who
wasn’t even interested in field events initially.
Once she got into the sport and realizing that she
could do well, her interest grew. “I like it now,” she says, and she is looking
forward to this year’s spring sports program, because, according to her mother,
Julie Pittsinger, Karle’s goal is to throw the shot put farther than it has ever
been thrown in a high school track meet.
Julie, a past professional athlete and Olympian,
said that no one sees what goes on in Karle’s world. “She is up at 5:30 every
morning working out in the gym before going to volleyball practice and school.”
The Pittsingers have set up a gymnasium at home and Karle is lifting 250
pounds. The joke this past spring was that Karle was out lifting her father
But Karle has told her parents emphatically that she
doesn’t necessarily want to live with other athletes in college. “She has so
many other interests like art,” says Julie.
Karle was being recruited by a number of northwest
colleges, but determined that the U of W offers her the best educational
opportunities and student athletic experience of those colleges trying to
recruit her. Colorado, Montana State and a lot of smaller colleges were trying
to get her signed.
Not only is Karle a two time Caribou Trail League
female “Athlete of the Year,” she is also the All-Time record holder at Chelan
High School for women’s shot put and discus, and she was last year’s State
Champion in the shot put and second in discus.
As soon as the volleyball season is over, Karle will
be traveling to Oregon for some track and field training with 1976 gold medal discus
winner, Mac Wilkins. “He feels that Karle has enough personality and looks to
actually change the perception of the throwing events in track and field,” said
proud mom Julie.
Who knows… Karle could be end up becoming an Olympian
in the future.