Brentwood athlete named Gatorade Player of the Year

Brentwood’s Sophia Rivera, who has qualified for the 2016 U.S. Track & Field Olympic Team Trials has received yet another honor.

She’s been named the Gatorade Track & Field Player of the Year for Missouri.

Gatorade quotes Brentwood High School coach, Scott Long: “Sophia Rivera’s work ethic, in my opinion, exceeds her tremendous natural abilities. Having the opportunity to work with her has been an absolute pleasure. She is a rare combination of size, strength, speed, coordination and the willingness to work tirelessly on her techniques. Above all else, her dedication to everything she does is the reason for her success.”

Rivera qualified for the 2016 U.S. Track & Field Olympic Team Trials in javelin with a throw of 180 feet, 4 inches at a meet at Brentwood High School in April.

Update: Rivera has withdrawn from the Olympic trials due to a tweaked elbow.

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