Mastering multiple disciplines

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LINGLE – Lingle-Fort Laramie’s Georgia Wollert has always had a competitive nature, a personality trait  that carried her to the all-state list seven times throughout her high school career.
Although Wollert earned recognition in three sports during high school, she did not start out her athletic career in those sports. As a kid, she did soccer and gymnastics, but at the start of middle school, she switched to volleyball, basketball and track.
At the start of her athletic career for the Doggers, Wollert’s competitive nature shined through.
“When I was younger, I would get really intense and I would get really mad really easily if I lost just because I wanted to win so badly,” Wollert said.
Throughout the years, Wollert’s passion for winning has not worn off, but she has learned how to deal with losing.
“I wouldn’t say (losing) ever got easier,” Wollert said. “Everybody loses, but it was never – I’m okay with losing.”
Although she was a three-sport athlete, Wollert track was her favorite.
“With track, it’s you against yourself. If you don’t do well, it’s your fault,” Wollert said. “It’s completely up to you whether you’re going to do well in track.”
Throughout her career on the track, Wollert did not spend much time losing. As a freshman at LFL, Wollert reached the state meet in long jump (fifth, 14 feet, 9 inches), high jump (fifth, 4 feet, 6 inches) and 100-meter hurdles (third, 17.23). She earned her all-state distinction in 2014 on the winning 400-meter relay team, alongside Kaylynn Jefferson, Shaylee Rickard and Taylor Bever.
As a sophomore, Wollert spent more time on the track, competing in the 100-meter hurdles, 200 and 400-meter dashes, along with the high jump. Her best finish came in the high jump, taking second after clearing 4 feet, 10 inches. On the track, she took ninth in the 200, third in the 400 and seventh in the 100 hurdles.
Junior year was the first time Wollert added the 300-meter hurdles to her repertoire.
“With hurdles, you know what you’re getting into because if you haven’t fallen, you’re going to. That’s just how it is,” Wollert said. “Once you get past that ‘I can’t do this,’ nothing can really stop you.”
Not much did stop Wollert in the hurdles during her junior season. At the state meet she finished second in both the 100-meter hurdles (17.06) and 300-meter hurdles (47.01). She stood atop the podium in the high jump after clearing 5 feet.
“I’m not satisfied with getting second… it wasn’t because I got second, it was because I knew I could get first,” Wollert said.
The LFL grad used that as motivation to improve for her senior year. Despite battling shin splints, which she had all four years, throughout this past track campaign, Wollert got the gold in both hurdle events at the state meet. She dropped from first to second in the high jump and, along with Kaylan Maez and fellow seniors Makenna Greenwald and Kaylynn Jefferson, took second in the 1600-meter relay.
Wollert was the only girl this year, regardless of class, to earn all-state four times.
On top of a solid career on the track, Wollert earned all-state twice in volleyball and once in basketball. This past season in volleyball, Wollert had a 39 percent kill percentage, racking up 256 kills in the fall. She rounded out her stat sheet with 67 aces and 57 blocks.
“She was a leader every step of the way this year,” LFL volleyball coach Barb Clark said. “On the court, she led by example – pushing herself each and every play. Georgia also understood that she had to own her mistakes.
“If she missed her serve, she apologized to the team and knew she would get the next pass. She always knew that mistakes had to be in the past, you have to let them go.”
Wollert helped lead the Lady Doggers to the state tournament, where they suffered two losses. LFL posted a record of 27-6 in 2016. They easily handled business against teams from the east side of the state, winning the east regional tournament.
“Georgia was very competitive on the court and she didn’t like it when we played teams that didn’t play very well,” Clark said. “She was always pushing herself to make big plays and not play down to the other team.”
During basketball this past season, Wollert evolved her game to become a dominant force. This was the first year she was strictly a post player. Before the 2016-17 season, Wollert’s main goal was to play lock-down defense and distribute the ball.
Admittedly, Wollert said she was not the best ball-handler or shooter, but moving to the post helped her up her game. During her senior year, Wollert averaged nearly a double double, filling her stat sheet with 10.4 points, 9.4 boards, 1.2 assists and 3.9 steals per game.
Wollert and her teammates again made another trip to the state tournament, winning the consolation championship after suffering an opening-round loss. The Lady Doggers posted a 15-11 record throughout the winter. Despite it being a different sport, the former Lady Dogger continued to keep that competitive attitude.
“Whether you’re 20 points behind or five points behind, it never sat well with me to just give up,” Wollert said.
Now that her time at LFL is over, Wollert is on to the next chapter of her athletic and academic career. She is set to be a walk-on for the University of Wyoming’s track team and major in design, merchandising and textiles with a minor in interior design.
After talking with the UW coach, she is expecting to train in the 100 and 400-meter hurdles and high jump, with the possibility of being a heptathlon athlete.
“I’d be the first to tell you that I’m not a top-class athlete in one specific event, I kind of spread out my athleticism throughout a lot of different events,” Wollert said. “If I can enjoy so many sports and be good at them all at the same time, it’s really a blessing.”
Wollert, whose older sister, Candice, ran at UW, is going to receive workouts to do throughout the summer to get ready for track at the collegiate level. She knows that she is not going in as the best athlete on the team.
“Right off the bat, I’m not going to be as good as a lot of the athletes there,” Wollert said. “I may not be as good as them – yet… As long as you go in there humble, but at the same time hungry, it’s going to work out just fine.”

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