WOODSTOCK – Tycara Scott picked the perfect way to end her track career at home.
The Central senior broke the school record in the shot put on senior night, for Central’s last home track meet on Wednesday.
“I knew that this was my last home meet,” Scott said before practice Thursday. “And I felt a lot better that I did break my record at a home meet just because I had all my home fans around me. I know that a lot of people aren’t going to be going to the invitational meets to watch me. So it was good to break it at home where everyone was able to share that moment with me.”
Scott threw the shotput 38 feet, 9 inches on her first throw on Wednesday. The old record was 37 feet, 8 inches held by Cathy Mischler since 1980.
Scott said she didn’t perform the way she wanted to in the discus on Wednesday and usually, when that happens, she does better in the shot put.
She said she felt good even throwing in the warm-ups, and then for her first throw, it just felt good when she let it go.
“I just went out and gave it my all,” Scott said. “I listened to everything (Central throws) coach (Mike) Yew was telling me when I was about to throw, just emphasizing on the little things I had been working on in practice. At first, I was really surprised. Actually, I didn’t want to get too excited about it if it wasn’t exactly what it was. So I just waited until they measured it out, and when they told me I got really excited about it. And everybody was yelling around me. So it was a great environment to be around.”
Scott said she had always imagined she would get the record at a big meet, so it came as a big surprise to get it at a three-team meet with Stonewall Jackson and Rappahannock County.
Yew said that Scott threw a 38-04 in warm-ups at the state meet her freshman year, and breaking the school record has been a goal for the last couple years. He said he felt she had a bit of a mental block in trying to get it the last couple years, and it was nice to see her achieve it on Wednesday.
“I feel like it’s something we’ve been waiting for, for a couple years,” Yew said. “And I think the pressure of trying to break the record kept weighing on her mind. (Wednesday) we didn’t even talk about anything. We didn’t talk about the record, talk about having a great day. It was just ‘let’s throw.’”
Scott said that the warmer weather on Wednesday certainly helped as well. She said it was nice to finally get something she’s worked so hard for.
“I’ve been chasing after it since my freshman year,” Scott said. “I knew it was a big record that had been set a long time ago. And everybody told me I had the potential to break it. So it was real exciting to do that. I’ve been working at it all four years of shot put.”
Scott said that she started out the year throwing out of bounds a lot and that she’s worked on going back to the basics and fundamentals, and it has helped her throw better as the season has gone on.
Scott will be throwing shot put in the Handley Invitational today, and she said she’s excited to compete against many bigger schools.
“Especially since I just ended strong (Wednesday),” she said. “I’m going into this Saturday meet really confident. And I think I could end up throwing 39, 40 foot on Saturday.”
She said one of her goals for the remainder of the season is to throw 40 feet. Last year, Scott had a disappointing end to her season as she finished seventh in the shot put. She had finished in the Top 5 her first two years. She said that disappointment is motivating her this season.
Scott said she wants to be one of the top contenders for the state title this year.
“Coach Yew has told me that 39, 40 feet is (usually) the state champion,” Scott said. “So hopefully I get up in the Top 2 at least if not be the state champion this year.”