Athlete of the Week: Marissa Matushak, Wausau West - WAOW - Newsline 9, Wausau News, Weather, Sports

Athlete of the Week: Marissa Matushak, Wausau West

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WAUSAU (WAOW) -- Marissa Matushak is no stranger to the big stage. In all four years of her high school career, she has earned trips to state in cross country, hockey, and track and field.

This weekend she will compete in her 12th state tournament.

"I know that the state tournament is definitely a higher level of competition," Matushak said. "But I've been there before and I'm ready."

John Masanz, her coach and teacher at Wausau West, said he is confident that her plentiful experience will pay off.

"I don't think you can ever discount the experience that you get by competing at the state level," Masanz told Newsline 9. "All the experience along the way at regionals and sectionals pays off each and ever year."

All of the time devoted to athletics hasn't cost Matushak in the classroom. She graduated with a 3.72 grade point average and was one of 32 student-athletes honored in may as a WIAA scholar athlete, something Masanz noted she should be proud of.

"Academics should always come first before a sport," Matushak said. "You have to have determination to finish your homework and stuff like that. And I think that just carries over into sports."

The state track and field meet begins on Friday in La Crosse. For coverage, stay tuned to Newsline 9.

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