Nolensville state champion Dobson recognized with Herff Jones Heart of the Team award

By Charles Pulliam

NOLENSVILLE– Elise Dobson completed a years-long goal last week. The Nolensville Senior high school elderly recorded the TSSAA Class AAA state pentathlon champion, acquiring 3,584 indicate win the title by more than 500 factors as well as concrete herself as one of the state’s finest professional athletes.

” It simply feels so satisfying,” claimed Dobson, who has actually signed to proceed her track and also field job at Texas Christian University. “This is something that I have been working toward all 4 years of senior high school, as well as it’s so interesting.”

She’s not done yet, either. The senior plans to safeguard her state title in the high jump as well as likewise will certainly compete in both the 100- and 300-meter obstacle occasions in addition to the long jump Thursday throughout Class AAA state champions at Center Tennessee State College.

” I’m simply mosting likely to keep one’s cool and also go out as well as have some fun,” she said. “Entering into satisfies, I try not to put a lots of expectations on myself, since in this sporting activity, on any day, any person can appear.”

Dobson, that will major in biology heading down the premedical route at TCU, offered her whole team an early boost in the team standings, uploading 10 group factors with the pentathlon win. Nolensville trainer Kyle Manderfeld said that besides constantly generating the group factors for the Knights– that won the Section 2 champion by edging out Cleveland two weeks earlier– Dobson motivates and leads the group.

” That performance really indicated a great deal to our group,” he claimed of the pentathlon title. “She’s embraced this team mentality as well, and it’s just been a blessing to have her in our program and watch her continue to get better and also communicate with her teammates.

” A lot of the men and also ladies look up to what she’s doing. She’s put in the moment and the effort, and it’s so rewarding to see.”

For her commitment to her craft and also leadership, Dobson was named the most recent Herff Jones Heart of the Team honor champion.

Herff Jones has actually partnered with the Williamson Herald to highlight student-athletes like Dobson, and along with the acknowledgment, she will certainly be included on an online broadcast from Tony’s Drink and also eat in Franklin Wednesday at 6 p.m. as part of the online “WillCo Sports Power Hr” broadcast– the final program of the 2021-22 season.

Track as well as area wasn’t the preliminary sporting activity of choice for Dobson, who in fact competed in gymnastics competitively most of her childhood. She likewise played football and also helped the Knights get to the state championship match in 2019. The last two years, she’s been completely devoted to being a multi-event stud in track and also area.

” When I was a freshman, I attempted my very first pentathlon as well as just liked it,” stated Dobson, who put eighth in the state that very first time competing in the grueling five-event, one-day showcase. “After that, I had that objective of being the No. 1 pentathlete. I recognized it was mosting likely to be a big obstacle, and now at the end of it, it really feels so satisfying.”.

Dobson, who was runner-up in the pentathlon in 2015, has actually trained especially for each and every of the five events– the 100 hurdles, high jump, long jump, shot put as well as 800 meters. She won the 100 difficulties, high jump as well as shot as well as placed 2nd in the long jump as well as 800 to win the state title.

That cross-training has actually pushed Dobson to deal with each specific niche on the team, and she’s embraced training with all her colleagues.

” We have expanded so close,” Dobson claimed. “I like our group this year since the distance, sprinters and jumpers usually go off by themselves, however we work together extra as well as have included that real team setting. That’s made this year so much extra enjoyable.”.

Manderfeld credited Dobson for being the link between each team of professional athletes.

” She collaborates with our dives trainer as well as jumpers, the tosses coach as well as throwers, works with her group running as well as somehow equilibriums college and also everything else she does, like being included with our Finest Buddies program at the school,” he stated. “It’s so terrific for the entire group.”.

Manderfeld claimed that Dobson’s personable method to her colleagues and even her competitors is always noticeable at meets.

” She’s simply truly genuinely suched as by her colleagues as well as also her rivals,” he said. “All the other trainers are always corresponding of her as well as, you know, her competitors will certainly ask where she goes to occasionally, as well as I simply claim, ‘she’s simply going to defeat you in something.'”.

Manderfeld stated Dobson knows how to rise to each difficulty in front of her.

” When the competition is limited, consistently, she does her best,” he stated. “It was evident last week, and also she set up some unbelievable marks, but as quickly as the race or the event is over, she’s back to being the sweetest individual. It’s extraordinary.”.

This week, Dobson will complete again for her school, and she’ll be there for her colleagues as well.

” It’s been a lot fun being a good example for the more youthful athletes and also to type of show them where they can obtain,” she claimed. “I’ll be there to support them on as well as remind them that at the end of the day this is high school track and you want to work hard, yet you want to have fun, also.”.

Track and area had not been the preliminary sport of option for Dobson, that really completed in gymnastics competitively many of her childhood.” When I was a freshman, I attempted my initial pentathlon and simply enjoyed it,” said Dobson, who put eighth in the state that very first time competing in the grueling five-event, one-day display.” We have expanded so close,” Dobson said. “I like our group this year since the distance, sprinters as well as jumpers typically go off on their own, however we function with each other extra and also have actually integrated that real group atmosphere.” When the competition is tight, without fall short, she does her ideal,” he stated.

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