An athlete always wants to peak at the end of the season, to have his/her best performance at state and Riverside senior Brynnt Wood did just that, breaking school records in both the shot put and discus to earn two state titles.
“He had great throws. And it wasn’t just one throw in both events, he threw those distances consistently,” Coach Steve Olson said.
Wood won the shot put on Friday with a throw of 54-5.75, four feet farther than his personal best and just over two feet farther than the previous school record set by his brother Toby just a few years ago. Lovell’s AJ Montanez was second with a throw of 53-2. The third-place thrower was 10 feet less than the top two.
In the discus on Saturday, Wood won his second title with a throw of 159-6, six feet farther than the school record he set last year at the state meet and nearly 13 feet farther than Montanez’s second-place throw of 146-11.
Olson said the key to the personal-best tosses were perfect weather and Wood being relaxed during both events. “It just came flying out,” Olson said of the discus. “It was a great way to end his high school career.”
Junior Kinli Vigil qualified for state in three events but due to a hip injury suffered earlier in the week was only able to compete in two, placing in both.
On Thursday, Vigil had the seventh-best preliminary time of 27.31 in the 200-meter dash.
“She got hurt on Monday. We iced it Monday through Wednesday,” Olson said. “It was bothering her some Thursday. On Friday she ran real well.”
Vigil had the second-best preliminary time at 13.25, just behind Megan Smith of Burns at 13.24. Later that day her hip bothered her more and she withdrew from the 400 preliminary heat.
On Saturday, Vigil raced to third in the 100 with a time of 13.61. Cassidy Smith of Pine Bluffs won the title with a time of 13.31. Megan Smith was second.
Vigil then placed fifth in the 200 with a time of 27.96. Kim Shumway of Lovell won the title at 26.45.
“She was disappointed but I was happy. It took a lot of guts to perform well when you’re hurt. Placing third at state is great and she moved up from seventh to fifth in the 200,” Olson said.
The other Rebel to qualify for state was freshman Alex Schwede in the 200-meter dash. He ran a 24.83 in the preliminaries on Thursday and did not qualify for Saturday’s finals.
“Alex ran a personal best. We knew it was going to be tough for him to advance. He provided great support for Kinli and Brynnt the whole weekend. We expect him to make it back in the 100, 200 and 400 next year,” Olson said.
Olson said while they will miss Wood next season, they have a strong core returning and some young athletes returning and coming up as freshman from the middle school.