TORRINGTON ñ As a freshman, Torrington High School senior Chloe Krick was convinced to give track and field a try by former assistant THS coach Kim Lenhardt.
To this day, she is glad she did because now, Krick has committed to continue her track and field career at the University of Providence in Great Falls, Mont., next season.
“I was at first skeptical. I never thought about track, but Mrs. Lenhardt encouraged me to go out for track my freshman year,” Krick said. “I got to meet the amazing coaches (Kathy) Hamer-Smith and (Russell) Stienmetz. They taught me a lot. They helped me grow. They stuck with me.”
Early in Krick’s senior year, the University of Providence Argonauts coaching staff reached out to her, and recently made Krick an offer.
“Early in my senior year, they had sent me letters saying they were looking at me. Recently, they ended up emailing me saying they wanted to compete for them,” Krick said. “It was a great opportunity that I want to take.”
Krick will continue to throw shot and discus for the Argonauts but also has had discussions to add the hammer throw into the mix.
“It’s something I would like to try out,” she said. “It would be something new.”
Krick was hoping to use her final spring track season as a year to have continued improvement.
As a junior, Krick finished seventh in discus with a throw of 104 feet, 3 inches at the Wyoming State Track and Field Championships in Casper.
“I wish we could have gotten to compete this year because I could have improved my throws and done better,” she said. “I’m grateful for my coaches and all they taught me.”
Despite the spring sports season being canceled, Krick is thankful Providence decided to continue to pursue her.
“I was really excited for Chloe’s senior year. I think she was going to have a breakout season. She was coming off a great basketball season,” Stienmetz said. “That first week when we were able to throw, she was throwing the shot well. She was throwing the discus well. I feel really bad for her that she wasn’t able to have her senior year. I’m excited for her to be able to continue her throwing at the University of Providence. She’s a great kid, and I’m excited to see what she can do at the next level.”
University of Providence competes at the NAIA level in the Cascade Collegiate Conference.
Krick plans to pursue a major in nursing.