Rivera Wins Shot Put, Javelin at Nationals

Sophia Rivera takes her place at the top of the medal stand after winning the javelin throw at the New Balance Nationals Outdoor championships Saturday in Greensboro, NC.
Sophia Rivera takes her place at the top of the medal stand after winning the javelin throw at the New Balance Nationals Outdoor championships Saturday in Greensboro, NC. (Photo courtesy of Michelle Hassemer)

Shot put of 53-1 is her best by two feet

 
By Steve Bowman
Editor, The Brentwood Spirit
email: bowmansj@sbcglobal.net

Sophia Rivera climbed the victory stand three times at the New Balance Nationals Outdoor championships Friday and Saturday in Greensboro, NC. The Brentwood High School senior won the shot put and javelin throw and took sixth in the discus throw in a meet at North Carolina A&T State University.

Hosted by the National Scholastic Athletics Foundation, the meet attracts many of the best high school track and field athletes from across the U.S. Rivera topped a field of 48 in the shot put and 32 in the javelin, and bested 36 others in the discus.

Rivera won the shot put with an attempt of 53 feet 1 inch. It beat her previous best of 51-1.75 by almost two feet, and should move her up from No. 3 to No. 2 on the list of the year’s best high school throws in the U.S. The No. 1 put is 53-5.5, according to Track and Field News.

Rivera won the javelin with a throw of 157-2. It beat the second-place thrower by only six inches. Her personal best of 175-10 remains the No. 2 high school attempt in the U.S. this year and 16th best among all U.S. throwers.To see one of her javelin attempts in Greensboro, click here.

Rivera threw the discus 149-4 for sixth place, beating seventh-place Cecilya Johnson of Lutheran South by almost five feet. Her best is 154-9, ranked 17th in the U.S.

Post-Dispatch All-Metro First Team

On Sunday Rivera was named to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s All-Metro First Team for her performance as a junior in the 2015 girls track and field season. Her accomplishments in recent months include winning state in the shot put and discus for the third year in a row, setting a state record in the shot put for all classes and winning at the Kansas Relays, the Penn Relays and the Great Southwest Classic.

Sophia Rivera is interviewed after winning an event. (Photo courtesy of Michelle Hassemer)
Sophia Rivera is interviewed after winning an event this past weekend. (Photo courtesy of Michelle Hassemer)

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