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Q&A with Keri Ertel, who earned 2 medals in state track, field finals


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Jennings County High School junior Keri Ertel placed second in the 300-meter hurdles and third in the 100-meter hurdles at the IHSAA Girls Track and Field State Finals on June 6 in Bloomington. This week she took a few minutes to answer questions.

Who are your parents/guardians, grandparents and siblings?

Parents, Joe and Kathy Ertel; grandparents, Barb and the late Bill Ertel, Kenny Cary and Jody Harper; sibling, John Ertel.

Which elementary school did  you attend?

St. Mary’s School.

What’s your favorite class and why?

U.S. History; I really enjoyed having Mr. Hartwell as a teacher.

In what extracurricular activities do you participate?

St. Mary’s Parish Youth Group, French Club, Indiana Track Club and Elite Hurdle Club.

When you’re not in school, where’s your favorite place to be and why?

Spending time with my family and friends.

What is your favorite food?

Fettuccine Alfredo.

What has been your greatest high school memory?

My best high school memory so far was being the runner-up at state in the 300 hurdles.

What are you looking forward to after graduation?

I am looking forward to my college track career.

Who in your life has inspired you?

My brother John Ertel.

What is the most important thing you’ve learned from

high school?

I learned how to manage my time, study and still have fun with my friends.

You placed third in the 100 high hurdles and second in the 300 low hurdles at the state track and field meet this past weekend. What was that like?

It was pretty awesome yet nerve wracking. I was extremely happy because I improved a lot from last year.

What is your workout routine? Any part that you don’t like?

Fence hurdle drills, side hurdle drills and any other work I need on both the 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles; there is not any part I don’t like.

What do you want to accomplish next year?

I want to continue to improve.

A cool Friday night would be?

Hanging out with family or friends.

What three adjectives best describe you?

Reliable, hardworking, loyal.

Any closing thoughts?

I want to thank everyone who supported me and helped me get to where I am today.

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