De Pere's Otto ready for Pan Am Junior Championships
DE PERE - When De Pere native Sydney Otto lets loose on the gravel, good things happen
"The best feeling is when everything connects, and it feels like an easy throw but it goes really far," Otto said.
The freshman at Nebraska is coming off the ultimate release: A USA Track and Field Junior Championship in the javelin.
Her personal best throw of 160-6 feet locked her up a spot for in the upcoming Pan American Junior Championships in Lima, Peru.
"I'm so excited, I've never been out of the country," Otto said.
"I get to represent Team USA, which has always been one of my dreams, I even had it written on my wall for a year or two on post-it notes, making a USA team which somehow happened and I love it."
Otto will be one-of-two athletes representing the United States in the sport and she's ready to unload the goods.
"I guess I'm kind of nervous because it's the biggest event I've ever been too," Otto said. "NCAA nationals are pretty big but these are people from all different countries so this is really big."
At De Pere, Otto excelled in the jumps where she set school records in the long and triple. The javelin a newer endeavor, which means she's just scratching the surface on her future potential.
"It's the best version I've got for now, hopefully it will improve," Otto said. "It's the best I've got for now and I'm pretty excited about it."
A local talent ready to prove she's Otto-matic when it comes to throwing her name in with the best on the planet.
"It's a huge experience, get to wear USA, it's awesome," Otto said.