Oberg of Windsor Locks ready to continue his athletics career with Elon | high school sports

During the summer before Tristin Oberg’s freshman year at Windsor Locks High School, her grandfather, David Poirier, encouraged her to try the throwing events in track and field, believing she had the strength of arm and technical ability to thrive in the sport. .

Three years later, Oberg has become one of the top discus and shot putters in the state, giving her the opportunity to continue her career at Elon University in North Carolina starting in the fall.

“I’m very excited to compete at this level and be on the same team as their amazing coach and athletes,” said Oberg, who also plays basketball and soccer at Windsor Locks. “I’m also a little nervous, starting the freshman year of college and also being on this team. But it’s a great opportunity for me. »

Oberg helped lead the Raiders basketball team to a 10-12 record and a Class S tournament appearance as a rookie in 2018-19.

In the spring, she finished fourth in the discus at the Class S championships and 19th in the event at the State Open.

Oberg helped guide the basketball team to a 17-7 record and a second-straight S-class tournament finish in 2019-20. The Raiders reached the quarter-finals before the event was canceled due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The spring season has also been canceled due to the virus.

She averaged 12.5 points and 14 rebounds per game in her junior basketball season as the Raiders finished 12-3 and fell to Suffield in the NCCC Tournament Championship Game. State tournaments did not take place due to the continued threat of the virus.

In the spring, Oberg won the discus throw at the Class S championships and finished second in the event at the State Open. She added a sixth-place finish in the shot put at the S meet.

She’s averaging 11.5 points and 13 rebounds per game this season for the 7-4 Raiders.

“Tristin came into our program and immediately embraced the Lady Raiders culture,” Windsor Locks basketball coach Doug Knowe said. “In the ninth grade, she learned to be a star in the role she had. In the second year, she made contributions that helped us win games. As a junior, she became an All- State.And as a senior, she is now teaching the underclass the Lady Raider way while pushing herself to help us achieve big dreams for this small town.

Oberg received basketball scholarship offers from Albertus Magnus College and Eastern Connecticut State and athletics offers from St. John Fisher College in Pittsford, New York, Sacred Heart University and of Elon.

She visited Elon at the end of July and returned to campus at the end of October. She fell in love with the school and the athletics program.

“It was the most beautiful campus I’ve ever seen,” Oberg said. “I felt so at home there. There was a very good atmosphere. I went back for an official visit in October and had the same feeling. I loved the campus layout and it’s a perfect size for me. Coach Laura (Igaune, Elon’s throwing coach) was amazing. He is an excellent coach to learn. She was so nice to me and my family. The people on the team were so nice and welcoming to me too, so I loved that.

In December, Oberg sat down with her family and discussed whether she would pursue a career in basketball or athletics.

“In early December, my mom really wanted me to pick a sport so I could engage and enjoy the rest of my senior year,” Oberg said. “So I just had to sit down and think about what sport I could see myself playing for the next four years, and it ended up being a track.”

She signed a letter of intent to compete at Elon on Jan. 4 in a school ceremony.

Oberg will join Elon’s home and away teams, but isn’t sure which events she’ll attend as a rookie. She will leave that decision to the coaching staff.

“My main events are the chat and the shot put, but hopefully when I get there I can learn the hammer throw and the shot put,” Oberg said. “Coach Laura usually asks freshmen to try everything, and then after first year we find out what events we like. In second year, if I only like the discussion and the hammer, I will continue those.

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