Tahlequah Daily Press

High School Sports

May 20, 2014

Nerves, footwork lead to title for Poe

bjohnson@tahlequahdailypress.com

Brittany Poe showed up at Moore High School with a sense of purpose. She knew she had to — thanks to her experience as a freshman at the state track meet in 2013.

Poe launched a throw of 37 feet, 5 inches and beat Sulphur’s Bailee Eldred by more than a foot to claim the shotput championship at the Class 3A state track meet on May 10.

“The biggest difference I felt from last year to this year is I wasn't as nervous,” Poe said. “Last year, I really didn't know what to expect being a freshmen. This year, I was calmer, knew how everything worked, and I knew what I wanted to accomplish.”

Poe’s title came a year after she finished sixth in the same event. She credited stronger nerves as to why she was able to win gold this year.

She also noted some improvement within the throwing circle.

“The biggest thing I really worked on this season was my footwork,” she said, “and getting more power in my throws.”

After Poe’s competitors took their places on the podium, she climbed to the top step — and it was a feeling she’ll never forget.

“It was overwhelming and just an incredible feeling,” she said.

Being only sophomore, Poe will have an opportunity to defend her crown in 2015. So, no pressure, right?

“There is a lot of pressure actually,” Poe said. “The girls from Sulphur (Eldred) and Perry (Meagan Drake) are both juniors and will be back next year. They want to win next year just as much as I do.”

With the top three shotput throwers all returning in 2015, Poe said a rivalry could be brewing.

“I definitely think it's a rivalry,” she said. “The girl from Sulphur was the number one seed coming into the state meet. She didn't seem to happy when she got runner-up.”

With others coming after her title next year, Poe knows she can’t just sit idly by until next track season.

“Between now and next season, I plan on getting on a more regular workout schedule and try to go to more throwing clinics,” Poe said. “And just try to improve my technique.”

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