FULTON – Four years ago, Chloe Lindeman went to the University of Wisconsin for a basketball camp.
Come next fall, the Fulton High School senior will be returning to Madison, but hoops will be in her rearview mirror.
Lindeman, a five-time medalist at the IHSA state track & field finals, announced on Friday morning she will be a Wisconsin Badger. She signed a National Letter of Intent to attend the school she had grown fond of ever since that basketball camp in 2014, when ex-Wisconsin standout Nigel Hayes was her counselor.
“I’ve been there for a bunch of camps, and just little things where we go up to Madison,” Lindeman said. “Over time, it was just kind of like, ‘Yes, this is where I want to go to school.’”
About 20 Division I schools made their pitches to Lindeman, and she whittled that down to a final three: Wisconsin, Ohio State and Arizona. The Badgers had an edge, however, in that Lindeman was already familiar with throws coach Dave Astrauskas.
“I’ve been talking to him since my sophomore year, actually,” Lindeman said.
When Lindeman took her official visit to the Madison campus in October, she met with several members of the women’s track & field team, and they clicked. She also met again with Astrauskas, who assured her he would be her coach next fall.
“That’s also what interested me,” Lindeman said. “He told me he plans on spending the rest of his career there. I’d much rather have a long-term relationship instead of just having something where it’s like, ‘Oh, you’re there for 2 years, and then you’re moving on to another college.’”
Track and field has taken Lindeman literally all over the United States, as she gets invitations to big meets from coast to coast. Her next big competition will be March 8-10 at the New Balance Indoor Nationals in New York City.
She also has had the chance to compete internationally. In the summer of 2017, she went to Australia, and that is where she uncorked her personal-best throw of 145 feet, 5 inches in the discus. This past summer, Lindeman competed in the Bahamas.
Lindeman owns the Fulton High School records of 48-2½ in the shot put and 136-2 in the discus. Her goal this season is to extend those marks to 51 feet and 150 feet, respectively.
Last year, in a meet at Alleman, Lindeman uncorked a shot put heave that was estimated to reach 51 feet.
“Sadly, the official said I touched the toe board,” Lindeman said. “I had video proof that I did not, but he did not accept the video proof. My 51-foot throw, which would have been an all-time best, was disqualified.”
Lindeman is not playing basketball for the Steamers this winter, as she’ll instead prepare for the upcoming track & field season. She lifts weights at home with her father, Tom, a former bodybuilder, and as of Sunday, began some light throwing. She went to the indoor facility located at Camp Randall Stadium on the UW-Madison campus to shake some of the rust off.
“I went for about 3, 4 hours, starting it all over again,” Lindeman said. “I was really sore afterwards.”
Defending her Class 1A state title in the shot put, which she won at 47-4 3/4 as a junior, is a goal, as is winning a first discus state title. Extending her personal bests would also be a good springboard to the college level.
“I know I can do it,” Lindeman said. “I’ve proven I can throw 145, and this coming year, with being able to take the winter to really train in the shot put and discus, I know that I’ll be able to reach those marks.”
At Wisconsin, Lindeman plans to study art history, with a goal of being a museum curator someday. Plan B is to study criminal justice, as being a sheriff is also something that interests her.
In the meantime, she plans to be in the school musical this spring (what performance that will be is TBA) and work on getting better at hurling heavy metal discs and balls longer distances. And she can’t wait to be a Badger.
“Knowing that I have this weight off my shoulders, I know where I’m going, and I’ll have everything planned out really takes a lot of the pressure off,” Lindeman said. “I’ll be able to compete at my very best.”
Lindeman at state
Junior year: Shot put, 1st 47-3 3/4; Discus, 4th 129-11
Sophomore: Shot put, 2nd 43-1 1/2; Discus, 6th 126-9
Freshman: Shot put, 2nd 43-3 1/4; Discus DNP 109-0