Staff Writer: Madison Mataxas
Photo Courtesy of Finja Schierl
Cross Country, Track and Field, and Triathlon Freshman, Finja Schierl from Darmstadt, Germany, has had nothing shy of a standout first year with Wingate University athletics.
Fina Schierl has been doing triathlons for a few years and got into them as a swimmer who liked to run. “My brother was a triathlete which I always found cool and I wanted to do it too. I think through the last few years I have gained a lot of experience as a triathlete through many competitions and training campus” Shierl said. This year she has had a great season that is only on the rise. Shierl qualified and competed in the European Championships in the middle of the year and had several competitions in the Bundesliga in Germany, which are always very busy.
Schierl’s winning streak is not stopping. On Sunday, November 7, 2021, she competed in Junior World Championships “which is a great honor for any athlete to represent their country. It meant a lot to me to be able to compete there.” Shierl said. After taking time to prepare for this competition, she placed 15th overall and said that she is “very satisfied.”