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Top sophomore in the nation, Liberty's Daniel Viveros shot puts his way to athlete of the week honor

Posted at 6:24 PM, Apr 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-28 13:08:54-04

Watching Liberty sophomore Daniel Viveros you just think "all natural." From his long, poofy hair to his natural shot put throw that he started working on in the fifth grade. Drawn to the sport after watching his older sister play he dedicated himself after he "saw the people I was competing against and just thought I could throw farther."

But starting young doesn't guarantee success, Viveros is constantly focused on improvement. "He's probably the best student I've had because he goes home to study technique," Rod Chronister said, his coach the last six years. 

Maybe it's all of that self-motivation or his natural talent but it's led to him being ranked as the top sophomore in the country. "I just worked out the whole spring break and worked on trying to throw farther," he said. 

All of that hard work was showcased at this weekend's Patriot Games where he finished first and threw for a personal record 57 feet. "As soon as it came off my hand I felt it was a really good throw," he said. 

May 20 the valley championships will be held at Buchanan High School in Clovis followed by the state meet June 2-3 again held in Clovis.

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