May 29, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorRachelle Leseberg did it at Dubois -- and she's valedictorian, too
Rachelle Leseberg was a master at juggling her athletic career at Dubois High School while maintaining a perfect grade-point average.
Leseberg ran and jumped to seven Class 1-A track and field state championships in her four years.
She completed her high school career on Sunday when she was the valedictorian of the 2013 graduating Dubois High School class.
"I have always had an interest in school," Leseberg said. "It wasn't ever hard for me to focus on grades or anything. I just took it seriously."
Leseberg said Dubois High School was a perfect fit for her to stand out on the track and in the classroom.
"It has been awesome," Leseberg said. "Everybody has been really close and supportive. I don't think that you get that in a lot of places. It has been a lot of fun."
Good from the start
Leseberg burst on to the high school scene in her freshman year when she won the state 100-meter hurdles title.
In her sophomore year, Leseberg captured a relay championship in the 4x100.
Leseberg dominated the Class 1-A state track and field meet in her junior year, winning the long jump, high jump, 100-meter hurdles and 100 meters.
She won the 100-meter hurdles a week and a half ago in Casper to wrap up her career. She blew away the competition in the race, clocked with a time of 16.29. Hannah Foley from Kaycee placed second (17.46) and Jessica Bebo from Lingle-Fort Laramie ended third (17.80).
"It was really a blessing to win those titles, especially my junior year to take all four of them," Leseberg said. "I worked really hard. I had so much support that it made it that much better. The 100-meter hurdles stood out because I was able to win that three times."
Leseberg gave a lot of credit to Dubois track coach David Trembly for turning her into one of the best hurdlers in the state.
"I just love hurdling," Leseberg said. "We work on it a lot in practice. Coach Trembly really helped me focus on the technique a lot."
During the state track meet this year, she had a pulled quadriceps that slowed her down against the 1-A competition.
"It was a really hard," Leseberg said. "It made it more of a mental game than a physical game. It was a big challenge, something that I had never had to deal with before."
Leseberg finished seventh in the 100 meters and was third in the long jump with a leap of 15-6.25 mark. Ameilia May from Meeteetse captured the title in 15-9.75.
Leseberg added a fifth in the triple jump (30-9.50).
Leseberg and teammate Katherine Finley were a strong pair for Dubois for the past four years in the sporting world.
The pair played together on the volleyball court, in basketball and ran track together.
They started off the year by helping Dubois qualify for the Class 1-A state volleyball tournament at the Casper Events Center.
Leseberg was an outside hitter on the team.
Finley did a little bit of everything on the court.
"We have been pretty good friends through it all," Leseberg said.
"We were even closer in middle school, but we have kept our friendship through high school."
The tandem produced plenty of highlights at the Class 1-A state track meet May 16-18 in Casper.
Finley won the pole vault title for the Rams with a winning height of 9-6. She was fifth in the high jump (4-4) and sixth in the long jump (14-1.50). She crossed the finish line seventh in the 400 meters (1:06.10).
The two scored all of the 40.50 points Dubois tallied to put the team fifth in the Class 1-A team standings.
"We were happy because we achieved a lot together," Leseberg said. "Our whole class was really close. We really supportive of each other."
Leseberg is entertaining the idea of running track next year at University of Wyoming.
"I'm still thinking about it," Leseberg said It would be a lot fun. I just haven't made a decision yet."
Leseberg wants to go into nursing or occupational therapy when she gets to college.