Moffat County senior Brittani Weber shot onto the throwing scene last year with a state-qualifying throw at the North Park Invitational in Craig. She threw another personal best two weeks later at the Clint Wells Invitational. She went on to finish seventh in the shot put at state and is one of the top returning throwers this year. Although her throws haven't been what she's hoped for, Weber did qualify for state last week with a throw of 34 feet, 10 inches.
"At least it can be more fun now that I've qualified," she said. "I'm comfortable when I throw at home, too."
Weber set her goals high at the beginning of the year, hoping to throw 40 feet. Now she's focusing on getting back to last year's form.
"I want to throw 36 feet Saturday," she said. "I wish I could say I want to throw 40, but I'm not there now."
Weber, one of the best throwers on the Western Slope, is frustrated that despite more work put in this year, she hasn't thrown better.
"I get way too nervous," she said. "Maybe I'll have less pressure on me now that I've qualified."
Girls track coach Vicki Haddan has monitored Weber's progress all year.
"Last week was a big high for her," she said. "She could be our only girl to qualify before regionals."