Larissa Brewer continued her successful season in the throws Friday at the Jesse Day Relays.
Brewer, a senior at Clinton High School, won the shot put competition and placed fifth in the discus to lead the River Queens.
“She has been really focused on trying to be in the top two in both the discus and shot,” Clinton coach June Wilden said of Brewer. “It took to her fifth throw to catapult her into first place.”
Along with Brewer, Wilden said sophomore Erin Wenzel also performed well.
“Erin had a real good day,” Wilden said. “She ran the 1,500 and dropped four seconds from last time.”
Wenzel also came up big in the distance medley relay. Running the 400 — the third leg — she had trouble with the exchange from Shelby Weets — but gained several places during her leg and handed the baton to senior Kate Kaster with the River Queens in second place.
“She got a little antsy and wanted to get going but recovered and ran aggressively in her 400 leg,” Wilden said. “The front two (200-meter leg runners Molly McDonnell and Weets) had good handoffs, but we have to work on the exchange between Shelby and Erin.”
Kaster kept the Queens in second during their heat, which was good for fourth place overall in the race.
Wilden said there were other encouraging signs, too.
“Our young sprinters are starting to come along, and that’s what we really need to develop,” she said. “It’s nice that 90 percent of our kids got medals. For many, it’s the first one, and that was encouraging.”