Cayle Hovland - Willmar High School Class of 2018
Shot Put: 40'1"
How do you pronounce your names?
"Cayle" is pronounced as in "Kale" like the vegetable. My last name "Hovland" is pronounced with a hard o sound, as in Santas "Ho Ho Ho"
What sports did you play when you were young?
I played basketball and tennis when I was very young. Once I attended the middle school I started track & field. I mainly chose those sports because of my sister; she was a great role model for me.
How many times have you been to the state tournament and how did you do each year?
This past fall was the first time I made it to state in tennis because I had mostly played doubles before, and St. Cloud Tech is in our section and are really tough. I played singles this year and got fifth place in the State Tourney. I have been a six-year starter in tennis for the Cardinals.
For basketball, I was moved up to the varsity for the first time as an eighth grader and went on to be a five-year starter after that year. We made it to State last year and played three games but lost all of them. However one of the teams we played, Orono, went on to win the State Championship. This year, as of this writing, we are 25-2 and ranked #1 in state.
I have been on varsity for track since my seventh grade year, and made it to State as a freshman and finished in 14th place in the discus throw. Last year I was 6th place in the discus.
How do you deal with adversity?
I think it is always important to try your best, and work your butt off. No matter the outcome you can always look back and know you gave it your all.
Do you talk to your opponents much?
I don't really know who my most common opponent would be. I talk to a lot of the girls in line when we warm up, but otherwise we don't talk much.
Who inspired you as an athlete?
My sister would probably be the teammate who inspired me the most. I threw with her for two years and she always gave it her all, and left it on the field. Giving up was never an option for her.