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Fall 2009 | Gateway to Learning

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Jenny Scherer

Track star blogs for national audience

Student-athlete Jenny Scherer ’10 has the inside scoop on the college’s track and field program, and now the whole country knows it. Her new blog on the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) web site reveals just what life is like as a dedicated runner.

Scherer was contacted by the managing editor of NCAA.com about writing for the college athletic association’s recently developed student-athlete blog program. She is one of only two Division III bloggers for track and field. “It’s been a lot of fun writing it from week to week and I’ve gotten a lot of comments back to me from people who really seem to enjoy reading about the life of a college student-athlete,” says Scherer.

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Keep up with Scherer and her collegiate track and field experience. >>MORE
With more than 380,000 participants in the NCAA program, this All-American award-winner feels honored that she was selected to be one of the 90 bloggers on the site. Blog topics range from road-trip tales to inclement weather, and from teammate and national champion Ashley Graybill ’09 to Scherer’s Australian shepherd, Skyler. She occasionally concludes entries with a favorite web site pertaining to her love of running – a sport that, in fact, had not particularly piqued her interest until she came to St. Norbert.

“During my four years in high school I participated in soccer during the spring. I ran cross-country … but it was always just a way to stay in shape for basketball, which was the sport I lived to play,” Scherer explains in her blog.

But after a disappointing freshman season as a member of the St. Norbert women’s basketball team, Scherer had to face the fact that she was simply not good enough to play at the collegiate level: “So, being the sports nut that  I am, I contacted the track coach just to see if he would have a spot for me on the team. Turns out there most definitely was, as I quickly became the sole female distance runner on the team.”

Running in her first-ever track meet, Scherer placed third in the 3K and knew she had found her true athletic calling.

Fall/Winter 2009 magazine

Web extrasLook here for web-only content that expands on topics presented in the current St. Norbert College Magazine (PDF).

Photo Gallery SNC Day
A gallery of images from the college's biggest-ever open house.

Video Miss Welnick at 103
The college’s oldest alum looks back on more than a century of memories.

Audio Hildegard of Bingen
A Center for Norbertine Studies symposium cast new light on the life of this influential medieval mystic.

Text Extra Game for learning
Paul Waelchli (Library) teaches information literacy through fantasy football.

Text Extra A legacy to celebrate
Meet three families whose ties to St. Norbert have endured across the generations.

Text Extra Adventures in Manila
Laurie MacDiarmid (English) and her daughter chronicle their semester in the Philippines.

Audio The “Twilight” phenomenon
Stephenie Meyers’ series is attracting scholarly attention from, among others, our own John Pennington (English).

Text Extra Keeping track
Jenny Scherer ’10 has been taking her insider’s view of varsity track and field to a national audience.

Photo Gallery The inside view
Gerry Diaz ’04 reports from his new job: covering the Green Bay Packers for CBSSports.com.

VideoFrom start to finish
The Mulva Library, now open, takes shape before your eyes in this time-lapse sequence of images.



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