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Daniel Viveros makes the most of final shot

Posted: 11:40 PM, Mar 27, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-28 02:57:22-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — It takes dedication, consistency and hard work.

“I knew right away when we first started that he would be special," said coach Rod Chronister. "A guy like Daniel coming a long is once in a lifetime for a coach."

Following in his older sister's footsteps at eleven-years-old, Daniel Viveros took on the shot put role under Chronister.

“I just came out and saw how far other people were throwing and just thought, ‘oh I could do better than that, so I just jumped in," said Viveros.

Since then, Viveros has made a huge splash. This past weekend, Viveros threw 68 feet and 11 inches, topping No.1 in the country this season and No. 2 in Central Section history.

“I was expecting a big throw, but not as big as that throw," said Viveros. "But, it just felt good as soon as I let it go."

The 2018 defending boys state shot put champion will be attending the University of Mississippi upon graduation.

“Randomly, Coach Smith texted me and was like, 'Hey, I have a full ride for you if you want to come out for a visit,'" said Viveros.

But, before he sets off to break even more records on the collegiate level, he wants to make the most of this final shot.

“Hopefully [I hit] 70 feet, that’s a big number for throwing for shot put, just defend my state title, and just win," said Viveros.