High Five: Regis Jesuit’s Sydney Rohlwing


Regis Jesuit's Sydney RohlwingSydney Rohlwing’s never met a hurdle she couldn’t handle.

The Regis Jesuit senior has been a standout for the Raiders for three seasons in the 300-meter hurdles, one of track & field’s most grueling events.

Rohlwing won the event at the Aurora City Championships — her second straight city title — and ranks 15th in 5A. She’s on pace for a third straight trip to state.

Rohlwing has a 4.3 GPA and is considering her college options.

What is your favorite high school memory, athletically or otherwise?

My coach has a very distinct style and one day we decided to have “dress like your coach” day. My teammates and I all dressed up like him, complete with matching black sunglasses, and walked behind him for all of practice without saying a single word. We eventually had to stop because we were practically crying from trying not to laugh.

What is the biggest sacrifice you have to make to play your sport?

I can’t say that I sacrifice anything because I love being a part of this team and everything that comes with running track, except maybe when I have to run the 4×800 meter relay.

What’s the best piece of advice ever given to you in sport or life?

On the hardest days of practice my coach would tell me, “Make the choice to get better today.” I think about this a lot when I am running and in all other aspects of my life, because no matter the circumstances I always have the choice to make the most out of that specific moment.

Are you a leader? If so, what do you think makes a good leader in yourself or others?

I think that everyone has opportunities for leadership, and I try to make the most out of the opportunities I am given.  In a sports setting, a good leader knows and cares about her teammates and wants to see them succeed.

Do you have any quirks or superstitions when it comes to your sport or in life in general?

I have found that runners are pretty superstitious and I don’t think I’m an exception. Before a race I get into the blocks the exact same way every single time, and basically it involves some jumping, stretching, and fixing my ponytail before I am ready to race. My teammates have pointed this out to me more than once.

If you listen to music before a game, what gets you most ready for competition? If not, how do you get focused?

I don’t usually listen to music, but I have a very set warm up routine that I go through before each race.  I used to drive my coach crazy by asking him every five minutes if I should start warming up for the better part of the two hours before my race.

What’s a sport you’ve always wanted to try, but haven’t and why haven’t you?

I have always wanted to try tennis because I am really good at it in Wii Sports. I’m not really sure why I haven’t tried it yet.

If you could pick a person living or dead to spend a day with, who would it be and why

I don’t know if this counts because it is technically more than one person, but I would have to say the cast of Duck Dynasty. That would be an extremely fun day.

Other than sports, do you have another true passion in life and if so, what is it and why?

I really enjoy art, particularly painting. I have been able to take a few art classes in high school and I hope to be able to keep it up as a hobby in college.

What do you see yourself doing in 10 years?

I’m not even too sure what I will be doing next week, let alone in 10 years. Hopefully, I will still be running, either competitively or recreationally, and I plan on pursuing a career as an officer in the United States Air Force.

Reach Sports Editor Courtney Oakes at [email protected] or 303-750-7555

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