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CN's Krempel twins commit to Western Kentucky for track & field
September 26, 2013Columbus North High School
It wasn't necessarily planned, but college will be a package deal for Columbus North seniors Tessa and Mara Krempel.
The twin sisters, standout throwers on the Bull Dogs' girls track team, announced Wednesday (Sept. 25) that they have made an oral commitment to Western Kentucky University.
"We are very excited," Tessa Krempel said, noting that the sisters began their college search by looking independently but ended up deciding on the same school. "There wasn't a plan to go together, but it happened to work out that way and we are happy about it."
They also considered Miami University (Ohio), the University of Indianapolis and Lake Erie College (Ohio). Tessa also considered Bowling Green State University in Ohio.
The Krempels expect to sign national letters of intent with Western Kentucky in the signing period that begins Feb. 5. At WKU, the twins will compete in four throwing events -- the shot put, discus and hammer throw outdoors and the shot put and shot put and weight throw indoors.
They will be joining a WKU women's program that placed fourth in the 2013 Sun Belt Conference meet.
By NCAA rules, neither WKU head track coach Erik Jenkins nor assistant coach Ashley Duncan may comment on the Krempels until after each signs her national letter of intent.
To date, Tessa has personal bests of 40 feet, 8 1/2 inches in the shot put and 130-1 1/2 in the discus. Mara has top marks of 36-6 in the shot put and 113-8 in the discus.
The sisters explained that they met Duncan, the WKU throws coach, at the Throw 1 Deep Camp over the summer in Atlanta. The Krempels felt comfortable with their experience working with Duncan there, and the recruitment process followed.
"We felt very good about our connection with coach Duncan at the camp," Tessa said.
"And she really saw our potential," Mara added.
"We both responded really well to her," Tessa said.
The Krempels visited WKU's campus in Bowling Green, Ky., last weekend, then returned home and considered it along with their other opportunities. They called the coaches on Tuesday evening to inform them that they were committing.
In college, Tessa intends to concentrate her studies in the medical field while Mara plans to major in chemistry.
For now, the sisters are focused on their training and improving their marks in the 2014 high school season. Then when their high school career is complete, they will go off together to college and strive to excel at that level as well.