Somerset junior Eve Goldstein is an unsatisfied champion. Goldstein became the first Somerset High School athlete to ever win for WIAA state championships when she won the Division 2 championships in the shot put and the discus over the weekend at the 2019 WIAA State Track Championships.
She also won the championships in both of those events last year as a sophomore. With the 20 points earned by Goldstein, the Somerset girls tied for ninth place in the Division 2 team standings at state.
Goldstein carries extremely high standards for herself. While she was proud of the fact that she was able to repeat as state champion in both events, elation wasn’t the first emotion she felt.
“You come to state to perform your best,” Goldstein said. “I’m happy, but at the same time there’s this disappointment of not doing as well as I wanted. I wanted to hit the big one, to put on a show.”
Goldstein knew she’d have tough competition at state. That was more the case on Saturday when she won the shot put championship. Goldstein trailed Wautoma’s Kiara Wedell after the first two runs of the prelims. In her final attempt of the prelims, Goldstein launched the steal ball 43 feet, 2.5 inches to take the lead. That mark would stand up to win her the state championship. Goldstein said she had hoped she’d set a personal best distance at state, saying she was hoping to reach 45 feet.
The same could said of Friday’s state discus competition. She won with a throw of 134 feet, 8 inches. She was unhappy because her goal was to break the Division 2 state record of 153-11 that has stood since 2002.
When asked if there was pressure that went along with being a defending state champion, Goldstein’s eyes got big. “Definitely, I felt the pressure,” she answered.
Even before this weekend’s state championships, Goldstein was attracting plenty of attention from college programs.
“I’m very undecided, but I’m open to everything,” she said. She said she’s partial to the midwest, with Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa all carrying favor because of that. And her dad, Chad, was a thrower for Minnesota. She said she’s also open to colleges in warm weather climates where she could compete all year.
“I’ll know when I know. It has to be the right coach, major and place,” she said, saying she is looking for a quality secondary education program. Her goal is to become a high school principal, saying she has already job shadowed Somerset High School principal Shannon Donnelly and Middle School principal Sara Eichten.
Goldstein will continue a challenging throwing schedule during the summer, where she will also add in the hammer throw to her events.