NWU 4×4 7PEAT – Part 3: Aspen Rolfes and Anna Frazier


“They showed me that they wanted me. To be able to go to a school where I would be viewed as an asset to the team, I thought was really cool.”

In Part 3 of the series, we speak with Aspen Rolfes and Anna Frazier to learn how the streak continued. As you’ve learned in the previous two episodes, there were two big spots to fill with Abby and Katie graduating. These two women took different paths to be on the relay but had a major impact on the team.

The recruiting process is the lifeblood of any program. One strong class can make the difference for a team’s culture. In this case, landing Aspen was instrumental in continuing The Streak. Coach McKenzie and the Twins alluded to how important it was to land Aspen. Aspen had different opportunities across all divisions but ultimately chose NWU for the people. The support the coaches and athletes showed Aspen was the tipping point for her to choose Nebraska Wesleyan as her home. She had an instant impact as she earned her spot on the relay in her first season.

Anna’s route to the relay was a bit different. As a classmate of the Twins (in high school and college), Anna eventually became a 400 runner. Her volleyball background led her to try different field events, and the idea was born to try the heptathlon. When Katie and Abby graduated, Anna sat down with Ted to express her desire to be on the relay. She left the multis to help the team and it proved to be the right decision.

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