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No hurdle too big for Washa, Logan 4x2 relay team

Tore Washa deals with Type 1 Diabetes

No hurdle too big for Washa, Logan 4x2 relay team

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - There's not much that can stop the two-time state champion Logan Rangers 4x200 relay team.

For example, in 2013, they went from 10th to the top of the podium.

"We were joking around, oh, we want lane 10 again," said Tore Washa, who runs the relay's third leg.

Likewise, there's not much that can stop her. Washa is a Type 1 diabetic.

"That's my insulin pump," Washa said, pointing to the device she's wearing. "I've had it since I've been in 4th grade and I'm a junior in high school now. It makes me all the more stressful and more hard on myself because I have to worry about the team and our relays but I also have to worry about, is my blood sugar good enough to run?"

Washa tests her blood sugar throughout meets. She needs to keep water, snacks and her insulin pump at the finish line.

"If I'm too low, I just run and I'm feeling kind of loopy and goofy. If I'm too high, I'm just tired and I don't have it in me. I just don't feel good."

"She's an amazing track athlete and a person herself, and it just shows how strong she is as a person," said Chloe Malin, who also runs on Logan's 4x2 relay.

There have been times Washa has felt sick after meets: at sectionals this year and running the 4x2 at State her freshman year. She had a low blood sugar count and still ran.

"It was state. I had to," Washa joked.

"She won't let anything stop her. She wants a goal, she'll go for it," Malin said. "She'll definitely go for whatever she's dreaming of."

Kind of like the Logan 4x200 relay team.

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