Vacaville High School's French reaches National Junior Olympics in discus, shot By Tim Roe / The Reporter
This throw was worth the wait.
Vacaville High School senior Brianna French showed up in Modesto Sunday for an 8:30 a.m. start time in the discus event at the National Junior Olympics Region 16 track and field meet.
Nine hours later, she set a Vacaville school record and qualified for the National meet in three weeks in Sacramento.
They said 8:30 ... but they had to run all the different age groups, starting with the bantams, Vacaville assistant coach Mike Sullivan said. She ended up sitting around for eight hours.
When she finally did get to throw, French shattered her own Bulldog record with a toss of 150 feet, 2 inches at Modesto Junior College. The result beat her mark of 144-8 set in May.
French now has broken the Bulldog record three times, after the mark had stood for more than 20 years.
French finished second in the young women's (age 16-18) division, the oldest of four age groups in the Junior Olympic qualifier. Jessica Weir won the event with a toss of 151-3.
The patient Bulldog already had qualified for the national event in the shot put. French had a throw of 39-0 1/2 on Friday to finish third.
Weir also captured that event, and will joined French at Sacramento State in three weeks.
French will compete in the shot put on July 29, and the discus on July 30 at Hornet Field.
French reached the CIF state championships in both events in the spring, and owns the school record in both disciplines.
She is a two-time state qualifier in the discus.
Sullivan joked that French may have a new pre-meet ritual.
Waiting didn't seem to hurt her. Maybe we should show up eight hours early again, he said.