Flores wins CIF shot put championship

May 29, 2001|By ERIC GALVAN, Sports Writer

Heading into the CIF San Diego Section track and field finals at Poway High School on Friday, the goal for Brawley Union High School's Cynthia Flores was to set a personal record in the shot put.

Flores didn't accomplish that goal. What she did do was take Brawley's first-ever CIF title in the shot put and medaled in the discus.

Flores' toss of 35 feet, 1 1/2 inches in the shot put gave her first place in Division II and fourth place overall in Divisions I and II, which meant she missed going to the state meet by one spot. In the discus she took sixth with a throw of 100 feet, 1 inch.

"It's really exciting just to think about. People keep congratulating me, but it all still hasn't really sunk in yet," said the 17-year-old junior. "Going into CIF I really didn't think I could win it. My goal wasn't to win it, my goal was just to get a (personal record). That's all I really wanted."


Her personal record is 37-1 3/4 and even if she would have tied that mark, she still would have finished fourth overall as the top three shot-putters had tosses in the 40s.

"When I first got there and saw my competition, all I could think about was how huge they were. They were some pretty big girls and that was kind of intimidating," said Flores. "But I tried not to think about those girls. I just focused on my events and didn't worry about the rest of the competition."

While her discus distance was good enough for sixth place, she said she was capable of a better performance.

"In the discus I just had a bad day. I don't know what it was or what happened, but I know I could've done a lot better than what I finished with. I was kind of disappointed," she said.

While this track and field season is over for Flores, she said she is already looking forward to next year.

"This was a fun year and I think I did pretty good in my events, but I can't wait for next year," said Flores. "Doing as well as I did this year at CIF, I've already set my goal for next year. Next year I want to make it to state. I know that if I continue to work hard, I can do it."

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