East Bay invitational
Saturday March eighth American brought 2 female throwers to California high school for the East Bay invitational for Track & Field.
Schools from all around the bay competed in this event. There were about thirty athletes that
showed up to the event for women’s shot put, at least 10 girls from each school.
“It was a good crowd, the sense of competition was in the air.” said senior Jessica Munoz
The throwing pit at California High was a nice smooth concrete ring that had a nicely raked dirt
patch that extended well over 60 feet for some unexpected throws which clearly never happened
Munoz also broke the record for having the longest distance of 33 feet for shot put in American high history.
Senior Kristina Johnson threw 32 feet on her first throw, but took fifth in the whole competition
“It was the struggle though, I need to practice harder for sure,” said Johnson.
The whole meet lasted for about eight hours but the the shot put event started at 1:00 and ended at about 3:30.
“It took days” said sophomore Carl Mckinley, a thrower from California High.
The dirt from all of the throws during the day riddled through the hot air around the throwing pit,
making it difficult for competitors to keep up the competition energy and breath.
“It was pretty difficult to breath with all the dirt in the air from the shots but everyone here got through their throws.” said junior Mia Mckinley from California High.