Fagerlund was originally attracted to her current school because of the choir program.
Brita Fagerlund - Freshman indoor/outdoor thrower at the University of Jamestown
CHS Class of 2017
Major – Exercise Science with intent of Pre-Physical Therapy
Career Hopes – Physical Therapist
Other CHS Sports - Soccer and Basketball
How did you decide to do track/field collegiately?
I was attracted to the University of Jamestown for their choir program. When I was on my summer visit for registration, I met one of the throwers here. I had been going back and forth on whether I wanted to throw or not. I was nervous I wouldn’t have enough time, but I was assured I could handle it so I figured I’d give it a try. I don’t receive a scholarship for track so it’s just a fun thing for me.
What other schools were you considering?
I got interest in throwing from Concordia and Morris. When I talked to the Jamestown coach, I was still making my decision. I decided to go to Jamestown around December my senior year of high school and decided to throw at my registration in June. Both my siblings got their degrees from Jamestown and I’ve been around here since I was nine. It has the same qualities as Crookston and I felt comfortable here.
What was your biggest accomplishment in high school sports?
My junior year, I won my sub-section for discus throwing 97 feet. Then my senior year, I threw 109 feet which is my personal record now. I hadn’t really gotten first that often so that was cool getting those medals.
What is your biggest accomplishment in collegiate sports?
At one of the meets, I hit 11 meters in hammer throw. As a freshman, I thought, “Wow, I’m actually pretty good at this.” I had put many hours in practice and it was a good thrill.
Who was your favorite coach in high school?
My most memorable coach was Darin Zimmerman of my basketball team. He inspired me every day and every practice. Mrs. Boll did a lot for us. She dedicates all of her time to her team. She thinks of us as family and that’s why I have such a high regard for throwing.
What is something Coach Zimmerman taught you that has stuck with you?
Coach Zimmerman always praised hustling and doing your best. He’d say talent is just a thing and if you work hard, you’re going to get places too. He really respected a person who worked hard.
What did you notice as a big difference between playing in high school and playing in college?
In high school, throwing was a sport where you didn't dislike your rivals. You could laugh with other towns and make good friendships. Mrs. Boll, my high school coach, was very energetic and my coach now is very laid back, but they both have the traits of a caring personality. College is definitely geared toward making yourself better. You help your teammates, but in high school, I remember always teaching the younger ones.
What surprised you at your first college practice?
Our first practices were outside in the fall and I was used to throwing in the spring. That was a funny difference. I also went from being one of the mentors to being the youngest.
How do you handle the pressure of playing collegiately?
It’s a very humbling experience. I had to relearn to be patient as I try to learn a new coaching technique and new personalities of teammates. I made sure to give myself a break and not be too hard on myself and admit that others know more.
What is your trick to keep up with classwork and stay consistent in your game?
I’m really good at cramming. I try to have a schedule and I go to all my classes, which I highly advise. There’s a lot of communication with coaches and professors making sure you know what’s going on. I find study groups. You got to have priorities and really good time management.
Does playing a sport help you manage your time?
Yes. I wanted to have something to push myself so track would push me to stay in shape. It would be another outlet that I would have to be accountable for. I don’t really know what I would do with a lot of free time.
What is your daily routine while in season?
My daily routine consists of classes in the morning, ending with choir at noon. Afterwards, I usually eat something and my throwing practice runs from three in the afternoon to five. Here, we work on our technique and the specific throwing movements of our individual events. At least twice a week, and more in the offseason, we lift weights and conduct agility drills. After practice, I grab some supper and head to my dorm to see what I should accomplish that night.
What do you miss about playing in Crookston?
I miss making friends with other teams. In college, they kind of stick to their own groups. We would always go up to each other and talk about how the meet is going and you’d make friends with other towns. Last year, I was three feet away from going to state and that really hurt. But it was two of my friends going to state and although I was upset, I knew them and we had all grown up through the system.
How has throwing collegiately helped you prepare for life after school and sports?
I am hoping that I have better health habits and I’m discovering a bunch of knew habits. It also helps with being humble and being respectful. You have to find something that you like to balance out other stresses.
What advice would you give to someone thinking about playing a sport in college?
I would say do it, but be prepared to have good time management and dedicate yourself. It’s fun having the title of an athlete. I would definitely recommend it because it rounds you out as a person. You find a group of friends and it’s like another family you can count on.
How do you plan to stay around throwing when your competitive career is over?
I hope at some point in my life, I may assist growing athletes in the field events of track. Perhaps I will help coach a team in the future.
When your collegiate career comes to an end, do you think you'll be mentally ready?
As a freshman, I try not to think about the end as I still have so far to go. I am looking forward to finishing this outdoor season strong and can't wait to improve more over next year. The end will come, but if I keep my mentality and work ethic, I hope to end on a good note with myself and for the pride of my team and school.