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Flores wins CIF shot put championship

May 29, 2001|By ERIC GALVAN, Sports Writer
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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."

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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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