By Keith McShea
As a senior, she finished second.
But in her next meet, she went out and won the state title.
Keuhlewind, who was Section VI's only state champion in indoor track this year, is the Prep Talk Player of the Year for girls indoor track.
Keulewind will attend the University at Buffalo next year.
She then finished 14th place nationally at the New Balance Indoor Track High School Championships in the shot put; she was also eighth in the weight throw.
In the shot put, she battled senior Jesse Dhaliwall of Grand Island all season; Dhaliwall finished second at states after winning the Section VI title.
Kuehlewind is also currently ranked first in Western New York in the shot put. The Section VI meet is this weekend. Kuelhewind has met the standard for the state championships, but she has to place at sectionals to completely earn the trip.
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All Prep Talk Players of the Year will be honored at the inaugural Prep Talk Awards on June 16 at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo, featuring Pro Football Hall of Famer Andre Reed and Janet Snyder of Kiss 98.5. The Prep Talk Awards will honor Prep Talk Players of the Year in more than 30 sports, along with the All-Western New York first teams in football and basketball.
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Our Countdown to the Prep Talk Awards will feature a different Prep Talk Player of the Year each day until the big night.
The list thus far:
Countdown to the Prep Talk Awards / Prep Talk Players of the Year
May 15 -- Boys soccer: Brandon Galanti, Frontier
May 16 -- Girls soccer: Carissima Cutrona, Williamsville South
May 17 -- Girls swimming: Dina Rommel, Clarence
May 18 -- Boys swimming: Jack Boyd, Canisius
May 19 -- Wrestling: Renaldo Rodriguez-Spencer, Cheektowaga
May 20 -- Boys bowling: Chad Mee, Frontier
May 21 -- Girls bowling: Haley Carroll, Williamsville South
May 22 -- Boys volleyball: Brian Costello, Canisius
May 23 -- Girls volleyball: Lainy Pierce, Eden
May 24 -- Boys gymnastics: Noah Roberson, Williamsville South
May 25 -- Girls gymnastics: Courtney Bondanza, Lancaster
May 26 -- Field hockey: Giovanna Fasanello, Clarence
May 27 -- Boys cross country: T.J. Hornberger, Lake Shore
May 28 -- Girls cross country: Sophia Tasselmyer, Starpoint/East Aurora
May 29 -- Boys indoor track: Devon Patterson, Williamsville South
Today -- Girls indoor track: McKenzie Keuhlewind, Lancaster
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