LA CROSSE, WI- - Kendra Antony has a love-hate relationship with the shot put.
"It's frustrating that's there's always something wrong. But it's great to constantly be having something to fix because then you always know that there's improvement," Antony said.
That statement closely resembles her four year career as an Eagle, The Melrose-Mindoro grad has enjoyed success of winning team national titles and earning All-American honors, but it hasn't come without its setbacks.
"Multiple back injuries. I injured my foot this past indoor," Antony said.
Back injuries from throwing began her freshman season. Doctors suggested she stop throwing when an MRI last year showed part of her spine was missing, and she routinely deals with arthritis. The latest setback came last Christmas, tearing ligaments in her right foot.
"I really contemplated whether, should I push through this? Like if I was continue being hurt, if it was really worth it in the future," Antony said.
Antony decided to give it one last go, taking several months off before picking the shot put up again. At indoor nationals in March, Antony finished 3rd. And at the WIAC conference meet earlier this month, she won with a throw of 48 feet, 4 inches, a personal best, and third best in the country.
"I never even thought that I'd be ranked this high in the country. It's been a really great experience. And I've met a lot of great people. I'm honored to be ranked that well," Antony said.
Right now, Antony only practices her throws once a week. While she's says it's frustrating to miss reps in the ring, she's just taking everything one day at a time.
"I'm really glad I pushed through it. And I think this has been a personal growth year by far," Antony said.