Jefferson County’s Jaycee Schroeder has had a high school career worth remembering.
A discus and shotput thrower, Schroeder won 12 individual events last year, seven in shotput and five in discus, and finished second at the TSSAA State Championships in both events in her junior year.
On Monday, Schroeder made her career even more memorable when she signed her letter of intent to continue her track and field career at Big 10 powerhouse Kansas State.
“It’s a really exciting day,” Schroeder said. “I have worked really hard for this, so to see my hard work finally pay off, it’s really cool.”
Down to Kentucky, ETSU and Kansas State, Schroeder ultimately chose the Wildcats after seeing a family atmosphere in Manhattan, Kan. as well as KSU offering her the best scholarship opportunity.
“I was drawn by the coaching staff, and the campus was beautiful,” Schroeder said. “On my visit, I connected well with the girls, and I love the coach and the campus. And they gave me my best scholarship offer.”
Schroeder is coming off a junior year that saw her break through on the state and national scene. After winning numerous events throughout her junior season in both shot and discuss, Schroeder was just a few feet from both the shot put and discuss state titles.
That finish qualified her for the New Balance National meet in Greensboro, N.C. where she came in 23rd in the discus and 16th in shot put. Schroeder also won the Tennessee State Indoor Championships in the shotput and went to the New Balance National Indoor meet where she came in seventh place, throwing a personal record.
Her best throw of 2019 in the shot put was 46 feet which was second in the state and 35th in the nation.
In 2018, after a 10th place finish in the state in discus and second in the shot put, Schroeder participated in the USATF National Junior Olympic Championships where she came in 22nd in the discus and fifth in the shot put. Schroeder won all 10 meets in the shot put leading up to the state meet her sophomore year.
Now, as her final high school season draws near, Schroeder is switching to doing rotational shot put and is preparing for her college career.
“I’m just working on my technical and improving my distance,” Schroeder said. “I’m trying to get stronger in the weight room too. I’m super excited for my senior season though. My goal is to break 50-feet in the shot put.”
While her Jefferson County career is coming to a close and Schroeder is getting set to move almost 900 miles away, she is not sure what to expect when she gets to Kansas. But, she is excited for the future.
“When you drive from the airport to the campus, there’s not really anything you drive past until you get to the town (Manhattan),” Schroeder said. “So, I am not really sure what to expect, but I am really excited to get started.”