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Baraboo's Schaefer eyes another state title

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MADISON, Wis. (WKOW) -- It's almost as if Josie Schaefer was born with a disc in her hand.


"I remember I was mad at my dad about something. I went outside and saw the discs in our garage and just started throwing them. My dad came outside and shook his head, telling me "That's not how you do it."

At the time, Schaefer was just a fifth grader. But her little outburst turned into her first lesson from her dad, a former WIAA state champion in the discus. 

More than 12 years later, the tall red head from Baraboo, Wisconsin, is chasing that one perfect throw.

"Have a good whip and a good release," the senior says as she walks back the the circle. "When you throw a discus close to technically correct you get a feeling that's like no other."

Yet, she already has accomplished a lot in three short years.

As a freshman, she made the trip to state, taking 5th place. The following year, she made it to the finals, finishing as runner-up. That summer, she competed on one of the biggest stages in the world -- the IAAF World Youth Championships in Cali, Columbia. 

"Getting to wear the USA jersey once was like dangling bait out in front of me so that's definitely the goal to where that jersey as much as I can."

Competing among the best throwers on the globe, Schaefer took 5th place. Along with some hardware, she brought back a whole new confidence to reach another major milestone -- winning the WIAA state title as a junior. 

In her final season, she wants to go out on top one final time. 

"You could say I'm confident going in. I've been there 3 times but I respect everyone that's there for sure. And know that anyone can throw well and I can have a bad day. So just looking forward to getting back out there and throwing well and competing well is all I want to do."

Whether or not she comes away with a gold medal, her future looks bright in the Cardinal and White.

"I'm super excited to be a Badger."

Since 7th grade, Schaefer has caught the eyes of Wisconsin throwing coach Dave Astrauskas. He was also the one to help lock a spot with the team USA's U-18s. 

"Growing up, Badger gear in the house all the time. Watching the games on Saturdays. To be able to be a part of the track team there is super exciting."


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