Sashi Popke had his reasons to complain this season, but that’s just not who he is.

Popke, a senior track and field athlete at Whitewater High School, qualified in four events in the state meet last season: pole vault, long jump, 400-meter relay and 800-meter relay.

This year, Popke only qualified in two events, the pole vault and the 400-meter relay for the WIAA Division 2 state track meet on Friday and Saturday.

A five-week hamstring injury is a possible culprit for why Popke fell a bit short this season. The nagging injury could of derailed his senior season, but Popke just took it in stride.

“The tough thing for him this year was to have the injury that he had, the hamstring injury, that’s vital to a sprinter,” Whitewater head track and field coach Mark Maas said. “But he has never once ever complained, had a ‘oh, so sorry for me’ moment. That’s just not his nature.”

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