Hesse, jumpers clearing new heights

Senior clears 6-4, eyes more

Chris Caporale, sports@wolfrivermedia.com

Contributed Photo Shawano Community High School senior Tyrell Hesse cleared 6 feet, 4 inches at the Shawano Invitational on Tuesday, setting the school record. He barely missed out on 6-6 and could have more opportunities at conference and regionals.

From the beginning of the season, Shawano head track coach Dave Hanssen knew senior Tyrell Hesse had the ability to break the school record in the high jump.

Hanssen wanted Hanssen to set his sights higher than Tim Rodrigues’ 6-foot-3 mark, set in 1984

“I told him at the beginning of the season he was a 6-6 jumper, believe it or not,” Hanssen said.

On a cold and cloudy Tuesday during the Shawano Invitational, Hesse broke through for a 6-4 jump and nearly cleared 6-6 before his ankles clipped the bar.

“Today, I was just like, ‘Oh, all my fans are here. I’ve got to show out,’” Hesse said. “And I did, so I’m really happy about it.”

Junior Atty Wagner has helped push Hesse to perform at a high level.

Wagner and Hesse have been back and forth in results throughout the season.

“He’ll have a meet where he gets 6-2, and I’ll have an off day and get 6-foot,” Hesse said. “And we’ve got to talk to each other, give each other a little trash talk, so that’s how we push each other.”

Hanssen, whose coaching specialty is the jumping events, has worked closely with Hesse and Wagner, along with Tori DePerry on the girls team. He has brought some new training techniques, such as placing the bar a foot higher than an individual’s personal best and having them jump off a box to experience clearing new heights.

He believes Hesse has been successful because of how much knowledge he has soaked in.

“He concentrates on what you’re talking about, and he has good self-awareness,” Hanssen said. “His work ethic has been good. I’ve been doing a lot of new things with him, and he’s responding. He’s showing well.”

After the Bay Conference meet Saturday at Shawano Community Middle School, the Hawks will host the annual Throwers Invitational before heading to the WIAA Division 1 regionals on May 22 at Wausau East and sectionals May 25 at D.C. Everest.

For the final three weeks of his high school career, Hesse’s focus will be on one final goal.

“I’m really hoping to go to state this year,” Hesse said. “I’ve been working for that since sophomore year, and I’m hoping to bring Atty with me.”