KINGMAN – Amberlee Steed was determined to set a new personal record in the shot put at this weekend’s AIA Division IV Track and Field State Championship. While the Kingman Academy senior didn’t accomplish that goal, she still ended her career on a high note Saturday with a fourth-place finish at Mesa Community College.
“I was nervous at first,” Steed said. “But once I started throwing, I calmed down and started working on the things that I needed to do.”
Steed’s best throw went 32-feet, 10.5-inches, which was a little off of her personal best of 34-feet, 9.5-inches.
“I’m just glad I made it,” Steed said of making it to state.
No. 1-seed Hannah Ringel of Red Rock won the state championship at 39-feet, 11.5-inches.
The top-five finish still meant a lot to Steed, bookending a career that started as a freshman at Raft River High School in Idaho.
“My freshman year, I was not that good,” Steed said. “But as time goes on, you practice and become so much better. Especially if you work hard at it.”
The hard work and effort definitely paid off and Steed also had the benefit of her parents being with her every step of the way.
“(My parents) are always there to watch me and cheer me on,” she said. “This year was really good for them to come and watch. My dad can help coach because I didn’t have (a throwing coach). So it’s good to have him there.”
Steed’s fellow classmate Jordan Seybert also competed, but long jump results weren’t available at press time. With that said, Steed and Seybert enjoyed one final hurray before graduation.
“I love going to state,” Steed said. “It’s fun to be there with all the teams and do what you love to do.”