CONESTOGA – Becca Simpson has created winning measurements in the shot put circle throughout her Conestoga track and field career.
She will have an opportunity to collect additional successful marks at Nebraska Wesleyan University.
Simpson joined the NWU track and field program during a signing ceremony Monday afternoon. The Prairie Wolves have slotted her to participate in shot put, hammer throw and javelin at the school. She said she was looking forward to the chance to compete at the collegiate level.
“They have a wonderful track and field program, and I’ve really enjoyed talking with the coaches and getting to know what the program is all about,” Simpson said. “I think it will be a great place to go to school.”
Conestoga head track and field coach Brady Bergmeyer said he felt Simpson had a bright future at NWU. She became the first Conestoga girl to ever clear the 40-foot mark during a breakout season last spring. She set a program-best toss of 40 feet, 10 inches at the Louisville Invite.
“Becca’s going to do a great job there,” Bergmeyer said. “We’ve relied on her to score major points for us at meets the last several years, and she’s worked hard and has improved every season. I’m excited to see what the future holds for her.”
Simpson climbed the CHS shot put charts as a sophomore and placed ninth at the Class C State Meet with a throw of 38-0. That progress continued throughout her junior campaign. She surpassed 38 feet in each of her last seven meets of the season, and she broke 40 feet at both the Yutan Invite and Louisville Invite. She earned a fifth-place medal in the Class B State Meet with a toss of 38-6 1/2.
Simpson has spent a large amount of time working on the fundamental elements of the shot put discipline at practices. She said that has made a big difference for her in competitions.
“I think I’ve improved my technique the most,” Simpson said. “I’m not the biggest thrower out there, so I’ve had to rely on my technique to get good distances. That’s helped me out a lot.”
Simpson has competed in both softball and track and field at Conestoga. The National Honor Society student has also earned multiple academic awards at the school. She is planning to major in natural sciences secondary education at Nebraska Wesleyan.