Central grad wins state title in the javelin throw
Central Union High graduate and Cerritos College freshman Angel Sifuentes is this year¿s California Community College Athletic Association champion in the javelin throw. (PHOTO COURTESY OF JOHN VAN GASTON, CERRITOS COLLEGE SID / May 26, 2012)
That all changed as the Central Union High grad and current Cerritos College freshman thrice passed 40 meters en route to upsetting the competition and winning the state title.
“It was an amazing feeling,” Sifuentes said by phone. “I’ve never felt that excited.
“It was really awesome, because coming into the competition for state it was kind of set who was going to get first,” she said. “I’ve never thrown as far as the girl that was expected to win.”
Javelin throwers take turns chucking their spears, with the highest seeded thrower going last.
“I was throwing before her, throwing second to last,” Sifuentes said. “I had never broke 40 meters; my personal record was 39-something, and I threw 42.27 meters to win.
“It was really an intense experience,” she said.
The 18-year-old tied the Cerritos College Falcons record with her throw, which was equal to 138 feet and eight inches.
“I am hoping to break that as soon as possible,” Sifuentes said.
With such an accomplishment under her belt, the 2011 Central grad is already looking elsewhere to improve upon her javelin talent and compete against the top throwers in the nation.
“This summer I think I might qualify to go to the junior nationals,” Sifuentes said. “So hopefully I will be training for that, and I also might get into a heptathlon this summer.”
From there, the Falcon thrower is yearning to get to the top in her event, perhaps being inspired by this summer’s Olympic Games.
“Before this, you always think that not-average people go to the Olympics,” Sifuentes said. “I didn’t think I could do that when I looked at the people that are going.
“Right now, I really think I can do it, and I would love to go there,” she said. “I’m only 18, so I think it’s going to become a goal to try to go to the Olympics and make something of this.”