Sports Spotlight: Mandy Streu- Track and Field

As a junior, Mandy Streu has already become an All-American athlete, been named MCC Women’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Year twice, and broken personal, school and conference records in the shot put and weight throw.
Streu, who is from Rolling Meadows, Ill., began throwing in high school, but she was also involved in swimming and dance and track wasn’t at the top of her priority list. It didn’t take long into her freshman season for Streu and her coach to each realize that she had a natural talent for the sport. She qualified for both the indoor and outdoor state meets in the shot put three out of four years and also broke and re-broke school records.
Streu was offered both athletic and academic scholarships to come to St. Ambrose and during her freshman year she really started to develop a passion for throwing.
“It wasn’t until I made it to Nationals my freshman year that I realized how well I threw,” Streu said.
Since coming to St. Ambrose, she has set school records in shot put, weight throw, discuss and hammer throw. She has also qualified for both indoor and outdoor nationals each year and she is a three-time conference champion in the shot put.
This season doesn’t seem to be any different for Streu. Although she has started using a different throwing style for the shot put this season, she still managed to qualify for nationals at the very first indoor met of the year.
“This season I switched from ‘the spin’ to ‘the glide,'” Streu said. “Coach Peppers is very knowledgeable in the new technique and he has been a great support system in my struggle to accomplish this new technique.”
Despite learning the new technique, she has still been tearing up the competition this indoor season. Along with qualifying for nationals in the shot put she has also qualified in the weight throw and broken school records in both events.
Just last week at Augustana, Streu broke the previous school records in the shot put by three inches and maintained her number two NAIA ranking in the event.
“I am thankful for my coaches who push me every day and remind me of all the potential I still have,” Streu said.
Although the women’s track and field team didn’t win the indoor conference meet, Streu still has high hopes for the team as whole in the outdoor season.
“As a captain it is important to build team perseverance,” she said. “It is still the team’s goal to win conference outdoor again this year.
This goal and Streu’s personal goal to be named an All-American again both seem very reachable. If the outdoor season resembles the indoor season at all then it seems St. Ambrose has a great chance at the conference title and also a good shot at sending many athletes to the outdoor national meet.
Streu says she knows there is still a lot of work to be done, but she has high hopes for herself and the team.


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