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Alonso High athlete runs from track to softball field

Megan Wetzel has a bit of a problem when it comes to figuring out what to do during her spare time.

Because rarely does she have any.

There are a lot of two-sport athletes in Hillsborough County, but Wetzel is one of the few who does two sports during the same season. She runs track for Alonso High School and also plays center field for the Alonso softball team. When she isn’t juggling both sports, there are those pesky academics. A junior at Alonso, she has a 5.32 weighted grade point average. She plans to have plenty of options when it comes time to choose a college, but for now, she has plenty on her plate.

“Here’s my day,” she said. “I just do everything I need to do. Two hours of track, then two hours of softball, I eat, I sleep, I go to school and study any time I can. Every day is a challenge, but it’s kind of fun, I am amazed I can do it all, but I’ve learned that I can.”

Wetzel has been a key part of the Alonso softball team that has gone farther in the playoffs than any Ravens team in the past. She also runs the four-by-100 relays and the 100. She is one of the top ranked runners in the state, and she spends a lot of her spare time trying to coordinate the two sports since their practices and events often overlap.

“My coaches have been so supportive of everything,” Wetzel said. “They talk to each other on the phone and know that it can be complicated, but they try to work it all out.”

Wetzel placed ninth in the state four-by-100 relays and 13th overall in the 100. She was running against some of the best runners in the nation and said that she plans for bigger and better next year.

Being a softball player, Wetzel doesn’t get much of an off season. She’ll be playing club ball with the Tampa Young Guns this summer when she’s not on the track or working out in the gym.

After the Ravens were eliminated from the state softball playoffs, she said only two days later, “My off day was yesterday.”

In other words, summer ball was ready to run.

“My coaches have always believed in me,” Wetzel said. “I was like a runt, the smallest kid. But I was deceptively fast. People didn’t expect anything from me and then they just said, ‘wow.’”

She doesn’t plan to slow down her frenetic pace. It’s a way of life and she is used to it.

“I never have down time and I never want down time,” Wetzel said. “I always want to be training. I think it would be weird to have a time off.”

During those few hours she can scrape together to take some down time, she volunteers at a local food bank.

Wetzel is always on the run and she loves taking advantage of every minute of it.

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