Both throws break her own school records
By Steve Bowman
Editor, The Brentwood Spirit
Brentwood High School junior Sophia Rivera took multitasking to a new level on Friday at the Kansas Relays track and field meet at the University of Kansas in Lawrence.
Faced with the challenge of competing in two events simultaneously — both the shot put and the javelin started at 8 a.m. — she somehow managed to record six throws in each event. She not only survived the ordeal but thrived, winning both by huge margins and breaking her own school record in each.
Then she made her way to the discus area, where she placed seventh in a field of 24 throwers. The event had been originally scheduled for Saturday but was moved up to 1 p.m. Friday because rain was forecast.
The high school portion of the 88th annual Kansas Relays is open to athletes from schools that are within 500 miles of the state of Kansas and who have met certain time and distance qualifications. Rivera has gone to the meet three years in a row. After not qualifying for the finals in any event as a freshman, she won the shot put last year.
This year was her best yet. On Friday her last of three throws in the shot put finals was 47 feet and 3.5 inches. It beat second-place Emily Eller of Lutheran South by more than three feet, as well as 35 other throwers. It also eclipsed Rivera’s previous BHS school record.
Rivera’s second of six javelin throws sailed 162 feet, 9 inches, beating the second-place thrower by almost 19 feet. All of the other 23 competitors were from Kansas, where javelin is an event in high school. Though she has competed in the javelin since she was in fourth grade, it’s not an official event in Missouri high schools. And yet her 162-9 would have beaten any class at the 2014 Kansas state meet by at least 11 feet.
Rivera won the shot put, discus and javelin at the Skippy Keeper Relays at John Burroughs on April 11. She threw 46-5 in the shot put, 137-9 in the discus and 153-9 in the javelin. She scored enough points, 18, for Brentwood to place ninth among 14 schools.
For complete results of the Kansas Relays, click here.
To read a June 2014 Brentwood Spirit article on how Rivera developed as a thrower, click here.