LAKEWOOD -- Skyview’s Bahati Nabindu usually bides her time during track meets as a jumper and a sprinter.
COVID changed that, and Nabindu is more than OK with it. She took up the shot put this season, made her first appearance in the state meet and won the state 4A shot put title June 25 at Jeffco Stadium.
Her best throw of 36-5 ½ came during the third of three throws in the preliminary round.
“With COVID and stuff, it slowed me down and was just hard to get back to it,” she said. “It was hard having to learn a whole new event in track. Not once did I think I would be here today. It’s crazy.”
Nabindu had the fourth-best throw in the state during the regular season. Her top throw at state exceeded her season mark by 4 inches.
“Even though COVID messed things up for me, God showed me something else,” Nabindu said. “I have never been to state before. So, going in as the fourth seed, I was scared and nervous.”
"Could not be more proud of this young lady," tweeted coach Chris Kemm. "To know her, and to see this is simply amazing."
Nabandi’s other five throws at state measured between 33 feet and 35 feet 6 inches.
“So many people were watching me throw,” Nabindu said. “But when I get into that ring, my mind is blank. It’s me and that shot put.
“Hearing my name being called as a state champion, it seemed surreal,” she added. “It was like a dream. My hard work did pay off after all.”
Nabindu’s teammate, Jennifer Jaramillo, finished 14th. Her top throw at state was 30 feet 3 inches, her last throw of the competition. Jaramillo’s top throw during the regular season was 31-4 1.2.
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