CLOVIS — A little pressure from your sibling never hurt anyone.
At least, that’s the way Liberty senior Alicia Viveros can look at it after she placed fifth in the girls shot put finals at the CIF State Track & Field Championships on Saturday at Veterans Memorial Stadium.
A couple of hours earlier, her brother, Liberty sophomore Daniel Viveros, took third in the boys shot put with a personal-record 62-4.5, and Alicia didn’t want her career to end without getting one, too.
They became the first set of Kern County siblings to medal at the same state meet.
“It’s unimaginable,” Alicia Viveros said. “We were talking about it last night, and I was thinking out here, ‘My brother just got a medal. I’ve got to get one too.’
“I’m so glad to shine with my brother.”
Daniel Viveros had never put the shot more than 60 feet before the Central Section Masters two weeks ago; he went 61-7 there and then cleared that 60 mark four times among six finals attempts for the best series of his career.
“I just felt it and knew I had more in me,” he said. “I wish I had had an even bigger throw, but I was happy to at least get third.”
The two throwers ahead of Daniel Viveros were both from the Central Section: Cousins Jonah Wilson of Clovis and Jacob Wilson of Clovis-Buchanan, both seniors. In fact, Viveros was the only underclassman on the medal stand.
“It’s really exciting knowing I have two more years,” Viveros said. “It’s a great feeling knowing we all came from the Valley, and they’ve been telling me I’ve got to keep representing the Valley.
“... I know I could probably win it next year. I’m just hoping I can keep improving.”
For now, he’ll share the spotlight with Alicia, who graduated this week and will throw for Mississippi State next year.
“I’m feeling really confident and really hopeful,” she said. “There’s a relief that I ended high school this way, but also a sadness that it’s over.”
Viveros, who didn’t qualify for state as a junior, almost ended with more disappointment. Before the shot put, she finished one spot off the medal stand in the girls discus, in seventh. Her mark of 147-11 was good for fifth entering the final round of throws, but two other competitors passed her and her final throw wasn’t an improvement.
“I knew I had one more chance,” she said. “I said, ‘I’ve got to do it in the shot.’”
And she did, with an early throw of 44-7.25 that put her in third place and then an improvement to 44-9 on her final throw.
“I never thought four years ago I’d be standing here,” Alicia Viveros said. “I’m so proud.”