Marta Stangel will run with Elsa Steen (left) in the 400-meter relay in the state track championships. (BRAD MOSHER/The Observer)
Enterprise senior Marta Stangel leaves her mark on the Outlaw record books
Enterprise senior Marta Stangel faces the end of an illustrious high school athletic career and peers into the future for new possibilities.
With a personal best of 36 feet, 3 inches she’s ranked first among 2A high schools in the shot put and gearing up for the state meet shot put finals Friday.
“I started throwing in junior high and I could throw it really far. It’s as much about speed as strength and I’m pretty quick,” Stangel said.
Which explains something to the untrained shot put spectator; Stangel is not a large young woman.
Her speed plays out on the track as well. She runs the 100 and 200 meters and is on the 400-meter relay team. She will compete in the relay and shot put in Eugene.
Originally a three-sport athlete, Stangel suffered a stress fracture in her foot sophomore year. She didn’t return to volleyball her junior year, but has been a leader on the Outlaws girls basketball team as well as on the track.
The name Stangel is a familiar one to sports ethusiasts in Wallowa and Union counties. Cousin Krista was a state champion distance runner and ran for Oregon State University. Sister Theresa was a star on the softball field and is coaching this spring while she completes her student teaching. Her other sister, Joscelyn was also a track athlete and attends OSU.
Stangel is taking her athleticism and love of sport to Eastern Oregon University to study exercise science this fall and may go out for the basketball and track teams.
To keep fit this summer, she said she will be working on her family’s buffalo ranch north of Enterprise and when changing irrigation pipe, she runs between the motor and the block for sprint workouts.
When she’s not changing pipe, she has a FFA steer she’ll be preparing for the Wallowa County Fair.
However, she does have a couple breaks scheduled from the ranch: she is competing in the East-West Basketball All-Star Game and will travel with Enterprise’s FCCLA chapter to Nashville for the national convention.
For now, she and her shot are looking for a state title, mere hours before she walks the stage to graduate from high school.