Three title rings for Sherrard grad Boraas

Posted Online: April 13, 2014, 7:19 pm
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By Daniel Makarewicz,
One of Sarah Boraas' favorite college memories is receiving a championship ring after the Wartburg women's track and field team won the NCAA Division III national title.

Actually, that happened twice.

"To be a part of that experience is what I think about the most," the Wartburg senior and 2010 Sherrard graduate said. "A surreal feeling."

Individual success makes Boraas' career decorated, but adding to it is what she has accomplished as part of a team. Once she graduates next month, Boraas will have been a member of a prep state championship team and captured at least two national titles.

The ring ceremony certainly is fun. Multiple ones prove memorable.

"My career has actually been a lot more than I ever thought," Boraas said. "I'm just so happy."

A 13-time medalist in high school, she helped the Tigers captured the 2007 Class A state title as a freshman. Boraas parlayed that into a decorated collegiate career that still has one chapter to be written.

Hoping to be an All-American once in her career, Boraas has done that three times. In the last two years, she also helped the Knights win back-to-back Division III outdoor national championships.

"I've been given all these opportunities," Boraas said. "It's just really amazing to think about."

Part of the success comes from her God-given ability, but another factor is Boraas' team-first approach. Two of her All-American finishes came in the 4x100-meter relay the last two springs. The other was earned during the indoor season in the 60-meter hurdles.

Whether it be a relay or open event, she will do whatever it takes to get points. Boraas had that same mentality during her prep career, being valuable in the hurdles and relays.

"People think of track as an individual sport, but there's so much more that goes into it," Boraas said. "Practices are part of my biggest competition. When you're around that caliber of athlete, you become that athlete. ... You have to have that connection with your teammates."

The connection is strong, created by a determined approach.

"We win a lot," Boraas said, "but we work our butts off."

Setting that tone is Boraas, who simply likes being part of the team success.

"My coach thinks of me as the reliable one, the one who works hard and will be there," Boraas said. "I consider myself talented, but I've worked hard for what I've gotten. He knows I'll always give 100 percent."

With the Knights aiming to win a third consecutive team title, hopes to earn a top three finish in the 4x100 and qualify for nationals in the 100 and 200 dashes and 100 hurdles. Two All-American finishes is what she craves.

No matter what happens in the next month, Boraas already will have accomplished her goals when she reached Wartburg. Anything else that happens only will add to her career.

A glance at what she has done on the track reveals a decorated, memorable one.

"I don't regret anything," Boraas said, "which is good."


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