Delta thrower Bryanna Music hopes to continue family tradition in shot put
There is Music again in the shot put ring.
Bryanna Music, a freshman thrower at Delta High School hopes she inherited the throwing genes from her parents, former Central throwers Tony Music and Stephanie Percival.
Tony set the Central record for the shot put in 1989 — 61 feet, 9 3/4 inches. One year later, he set the record for the discus at 172.5 feet.
Stephanie, now his wife, set the school record for the shot put also in 1989 at 40 feet, 8 inches.
“My expectations are always high,” Bryanna said. “Having my dad as my coach is motivating. Sometimes it gets frustrating because when everyone else is messing around, I can’t do that.”
Bryanna is currently sitting eighth in the state in the shot put after a throw of 35 feet, 3 inches at last weekend’s Mickey Dunn Invitational.
Tony has been the Delta throwing coach for the past four seasons. He doesn’t work at the high school and said he got the position by word of mouth.
“I was fortunate to get the job,” Tony said. “I love doing it.”
Although this is her first year in prep competition, Bryanna has been working with her father for the past two years. She’s a lot further along at this point of her development than most other freshman throwers. Bryanna is one of only two freshman shot putters ranked in the top 18, and the only freshman in the top 10.
“She’s a good athlete and she gets the point of what I’m telling her,” Tony said. “Some of the newer kids don’t understand the explosion technique and the form. With the shot and discus, form is huge.
“It’s usually bigger people throwing, but it’s really technical and she’s got really good technique.”
The shot put has been Bryanna’s focus, and she hasn’t spent much time on the discus. Bryanna’s best throw this season in the discus is 74 feet, 3 inches, which puts her 76th in the state rankings.
“Shot is definitely my better event,” Bryanna said. “I’m stronger in my legs and that helps me out because shot takes mostly legs.”
Bryanna has a good chance of qualifying for the state meet as a freshman. Since she’s already ranked in the top 10 in state — and with the top 18 advance to state — Bryanna can only improve her standing.
“With the top 18 it’s so unpredictable, but looking at the throws and what the marks were last year, she’s got a great shot,” Tony said. “As long as she improves while everyone else is improving, it shouldn’t be too hard.”
Bryanna isn’t the only next generation Music throwing — her brother, Justin, is a junior that’s ranked 18th in the shot put at 43 feet, 6 inches.
Both will throw at Saturday’s Cedaredge Invitational.