LONGVIEW, Wash. (KOIN) – In the face of overwhelming odds or critical failures, it’s so easy to lose sight of your aspirations.
But leaders like Abby Weiler are not afraid to put in the hard work to overcome any challenge.
“It’s been, like, a long [and] hard journey,” said Weiler, a senior at R.A. Long High School in Longview.
At the beginning of last season, doctors found a stress fracture in one of her shins, which meant Weiler couldn’t compete for a long time.
“Four weeks of no running was definitely really hard to do,” said Weiler. “Lifting [weights] was just out of the picture, too, so I swam and I did like underwater running. It was a really like difficult four weeks, but I just had to keep pushing through and get ready to come back and try my best.”
“She still dealt with a lot of shin splits [last season],” said R.A. Long pole vault coach Billy Baker. “And the last two weeks of the season she got kind of a high hamstring strain, which made it difficult to practice.”
Weiler wasn’t completely healthy for the track and field state meet, but still finished second and also set a school record in the pole vault.
“I was like, ‘I’ve got to raise it [the bar] up,’ ”said Weiler. “I’ve got to get the Washington state [high school] record, because it was 13-6 at that time. So I had tied it. And then it got raised up a couple of weeks later so it’s 13-7 now.”
“Abby’s 13-6 PR [personal record] from last season placed her in the top 10 nationally last year,” said Baker.
Her twin brother, Joey Weiler, won the class 2A pole vault Washington state title last season – clearing 15 feet, 9 inches.
“Without her I feel like I wouldn’t be accomplishing the things that I did, and I wouldn’t be pushed the way I was,” he said. “And I feel like the same with her; without me being here she wouldn’t be pushed the way she is, and she wouldn’t have accomplished the things she has.”
And now that our Athlete of The Week is completely healthy, she’s setting her sights on winning a state title in the pole vault this spring.
“Last year I jumped 12-6 and took second [at the state championship],” she said. “This year hopefully I’ll jump 14 feet and take first.”
Abby Weiler will attend University of Washington next fall on a track and field scholarship.