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La Follette's Turner a spring dual-sport star

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Madison La Follette's Tyra Turner earned an all-around gymnastics section title and a first place finish on the vault at state a few weeks ago.  This spring, she's not slowing down.

[She's] a tough athlete," said La Follette track & field coach Stephanie Greiber.  "She's been through a lot. And to be out her senior year and to be strong and healthy, I'm just really excited to see what's going to happen."

The Lancer seniors' track season is already off to a blazing start - placing first in the long jump at last week's City Meet and helping the 4x200 relay to a win as well.  Last year, Turner placed 10th at state in the long jump.

But Turner isn't just making a name for herself out on the track. This multi-sport athlete is a jumper, a runner - and a center fielder for the Madison La Follette softball team.

In addition to track, softball and gymnastics, Turner also did volleyball and used to play basketball.  She does all that while some kids focus on just one varsity sport in high school.

"It was kind of the whole plan, was to do that and be more focused in high school," said Turner.  "And then I kind of wanted to try track because I had never tried track.  But I let soccer go before I came to high school.  And then once I got here I was like, well, if I can do everything, I might as well."

The senior says she pulls it all off by doing two practices a day.  Typically she goes to softball practice, and works on jumps afterward at the track. If a game and meet coincide, she and her coaches plan it out.

"[Tyra is] holding a G.P.A. that's a 3.8," said La Follette softball coach Sheri VonEschen.  "Us coaches really have to step back sometimes and allow these students to be able to do both."

"I haven't heard of someone being that good at both of those sports that they're in," said Greiber.  "You just don't get athletes like that very often."

 Turner says that she's going to attend UW-Madison next year.  As for which sport she will focus on, that's still to be determined.

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