By Jeremy McDonald
SCIO, Ore.– Speechless.
Best way to describe Alyssa Ventura following her fourth-place finish in the Javelin at the PacWest Conference District Meet Thursday throwing 80-feet-five-inches, just two-feet shy of her PR of 82-feet-nine-inches that she got earlier this season.
“It’s amazing, I’ve never felt this way, it’s just a honor to be in fourth in like anything. I’ve been fourth and above in all my events for jave(lin) only, so it’s pretty amazing,” said Ventura after being honored on the podium.
It was hard to find the words to describe the emotion she was going through at that moment with her performance on Day one of Districts, but the junior overcame a slow start in finishing the event strong after she shook off the District nerves.
“Today I was a little rough at the beginning but as soon as I got my nerves out, during the final throws, I did my best,” said Ventura.
Those in front of Ventura were Blanchet Catholics Leilani Salang (110-feet-7.50-inches), Scio’s Katelyn Gray (106-feet-8.50-inches), and Colton’s Sydney Post (85-feet-3.75-inches).
The finish isn’t surprising for Ventura since she set the bar high for her this season for her to achieve this honor to be standing on the fourth-podium on the Big Stage, but now, Ventura will work to better herself to get to the level to where the soon-to-be graduate in Salang and soon-to-be-senior counter-part Gray are this year for next years Track and Field season.
“I’m going to work harder than I’ve ever have before and I’m going to give it my all for Javelin,” said Ventura.
Ventura too PR’d in the Discus, throwing 66-feet-6-inches, 1-foot-one-inch behind teammate Natali Henrickx (67-feet-7-inches). Henrickx finished ninth in the long jump (13-feet-8.5-inches) .
Dyonate Navarrete finished ninth in the 400 meter dash (59.32) and 13th in the 200 meter dash (26.77). Mario Garcia PR’d in the shot-put (29-feet-8-inches).
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