Earlier this week, San Luis Obispo High’s Bridget Devaney became the latest county track and field athlete to sign with a Division I program.
Devaney went with UC Irvine, joining the likes of Templeton runner Savannah Camacho (Oklahoma State), fellow San Luis Obispo runner Christine Hoffmann (UC Davis) and Nipomo pole vaulter Tevin Limon (Cal State Northridge) at the next level.
Devaney will follow in her older sister’s footsteps. Vivien Devaney is a Notre Dame thrower.
Devaney is expected to throw discus and shot put at UC Irvine during her freshman season, and even try javelin and hammer throw later on. At San Luis Obispo, she owns the school’s fourth-best girls discus mark of 139 feet, 9 inches. Her top shot put mark is 38-1, the school’s fifth-best mark.
“It has always been a family goal to have the kids use their gifts to earn their way,” said Kathy Devaney, mother of Bridget and Vivien. “Like her older sister, (Bridget) is not going to school to throw; she is throwing to go to school (at) an outstanding university that will provide her a first-rate college experience, enhanced by the opportunity to train, travel and compete with amazing coaches and fine, young athletes. There just isn’t a whole lot more a parent could ask as we set her on her path to discover where she will make her contribution.”
— Chhun Sun
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