After a season of carrying so much weigh, Ventura College freshman Brianna Panapa will focus on just two events at the California Community College track and field championships Saturday at American River College in Sacramento.
One of two athletes to qualify for Southern California prelims in all four throwing events, Panapa will compete in the women's javelin and hammer throw.
"It does feel a little light," said Panapa. "For once I won't be running around trying to do all four. I'll still have the same mindset, though."
Honored as the team's Most Valuable Player and Scholar Athlete, the St. Bonaventure High product memorably swept all four throwing events during the six-way
meet at Ventura on April 1.
She was second in the shot put, third in the hammer and discus and fourth in the javelin at the Western State Conference championships.
The No. 12 and final seed in both events, Panapa took an optimistic view.
"I have nothing to lose," said Panapa. "I can only move up from where I'm at."
Panapa's teammates in Sacramento include Shara Longbotham, the No. 5 seed in the women's high jump, and Luis Guevara, the No. 11 seed (33:23.58) in the men's 10,000 meters.
Ventura's Teddy Elsenbaumer and Tomek Czerwinski are the Top 2 seeds in the men's decathlon. Moorpark's Garrett Demirjian is No. 4.
The Moorpark contingent also includes Lydia French, the top seed in the women's high jump; Charlie Petrie, the No. 3 seed in the men's 1,500 meters and No. 10 seed in the men's 10,000 meters; Nicole Rietveld, is the No.5 seed in the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase; Zuleima Jimenez; the No. 6 seed in the women's 10,000 meters; and Andrew Scott; the No. 7 seed in the men's hammer.