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Nate Wesolek: a trophy of COD athletics

Hulon Ware, Sports Editor

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With eight national titles already in the trophy case, COD’s track and field team has a legacy of excellence. But this year’s team is fueled by something, and someone, special. Nate Wesolek’s brother, Luke ,has cerebral palsy, a disability that affects movement, posture and coordination. Luke is also the inspiration behind Nate’s current second place national ranking in the pole vault.Merriam Webster’s Dictionary says an athlete is a, “person trained or skilled in exercise, sports, or games requiring physical strength, agility or stamina.” For student athlete, Nataniel Wesolek, his training as an athlete is more than remarkable.

Nate’s passion for pole vaulting can be summed up in one simple quote, “I know I can be the best.” Since placing fourth in last years competition, Nate has been training hard with regimens that developed his explosiveness and stamina.

Training, coupled with his fear of being “average,” Nate knows he has what it takes to be the best. Nate grew up in West Chicago, where he attended West Chicago High School. During his junior year, Nate took up pole vaulting. “I love heights, and I’m an adrenaline junkie, and putting that in a competitive platform is something that I was very interested in.”

With wonderful parents and a brother that loves him, Nate has more than what it takes to become No.1.

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  1. Catherine Wickstrom on March 2nd, 2017 7:25 am

    Nate is my nephew. Not only is he an outstanding athlete, he’s an extraordinary person – thoughtful, caring, considerate and intelligent. I wish him all the best this weekend and I know he’ll do his best!

  2. Don Smith on March 5th, 2017 11:06 am

    Excellent article about an exceptional kid ! I have known Nate and his family for 13 years. This does not surprise me at all. Nate was always a great athlete, but more much more importantly, an exceptional kid (and now adult). Congrats to you Nate and good luck at Nationals !!!!!!

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