Co-valedictorian of his highschool class, three-time outside observe and area nationwide champion, two-time Washington state Gatorade Performer of the Yr in 2020 and 2022, and an alternate on the USA U20 Workforce in 2022 within the discus throw, first-year Jeremiah Nubbe has seemingly executed all of it — however he’s not even near being executed.
The aspiring aerospace engineering main from Rainier, Washington, is continuous his tutorial and athletic careers at Texas, the place he’s at present breaking information as a freshman.
“I knew UT had a fantastic engineering program, and I additionally wished to pursue sports activities at a extremely excessive stage,” Nubbe stated. “I believed that Texas can be the most effective of each worlds.”
Nubbe’s brother, Jesse, was his principal introduction to throwing. Jesse threw discus in highschool when Nubbe was in center college, inspiring him to hitch the observe workforce in seventh grade. He took off from there, throwing round 50 ft at his first meet and averaging about 120 ft on the finish of the yr.
“Clearly highschool isn’t the identical stage of educational rigor as faculty,” Nubbe stated. “Now that I’m in faculty, the coaching side is changing into extra of a spotlight. (However) that’s to not say that college isn’t first.”
Though the steadiness of student-athlete life is troublesome, Nubbe views it as a optimistic contribution to his “faculty expertise.”
“I’d say athletics is certainly optimistic,” Nubbe stated. “I suppose it’s sort of based mostly on what your priorities are. My priorities are to do nicely at school and do numerous athletics and attempt to have enjoyable alongside the way in which. However that does make it exhausting to department out and perhaps have a little bit extra enjoyable on weekends and stuff like that. However on the finish of the day, it’s sort of simply what your priorities are.”
Along with these priorities, Nubbe realizes that there are specific requirements to be upheld as a Texas athlete.
“As a student-athlete at UT, you’ve gotten a fantastic duty to carry up the Longhorn title and UT, respect, honesty, all these totally different sorts of issues,” Nubbe stated. “There completely is stress to be a fantastic performer … I embrace that stress.”
Nubbe has been making some noise after setting private bests, breaking information and making the UT lists for each prime performers and performances this season. By all of this, Nubbe stated his one fixed supporter has been his mother, Heidi.
“She’s been there from day one, clearly, however she does so much for me from anyplace from taking me to meets, driving me all the way down to Oregon or different states to compete and driving to practices, every little thing like that,” Nubbe stated. “She’s only a very loving individual and really supportive in each side. So I can’t thank her sufficient for what she’s executed for me to turn into who I’m. There’s no Jeremiah with out my mother.”
Nubbe doesn’t imagine he is a superb athlete but, however he’s placing within the work to get there and believes he’s on his means.
“I feel that’s what makes a fantastic athlete … if he could make it occur when it issues essentially the most,” Nubbe stated. “I wouldn’t say I’m a fantastic athlete, however I’m getting shut and persevering with to study and develop from any expertise that I’ve within the competitors zone. Whether or not that’s a nasty assembly or a fantastic meet, having some takeaway in order that the following meet I do know I’m all the time taking strides ahead fairly than backward.”