Track and Field

Flowing Wells thrower Sierra Rodriguez signs with the Air Force Academy


Sierra Rodriguez and her parents (Andy Morales/

Sierra Rodriguez and her parents (Andy Morales/

Sierra Rodriguez grew up playing softball but switched gears to field events once she hit high school. Throwing a softball gave way to a discuss, a shot put, a javelin, a hammer and a dream that is coming true.

“Signing with Air Force is a huge weight off my shoulders. I no longer have to worry about where I’m going or how I am going to pay for it, especially for my family,” Rodriguez said during her signing ceremony on Tuesday afternoon.

“I’m just excited now.”

Basic training will start in June but Rodriguez will be more than ready. Besides track and field, she already lifts weights with the boys and took to the football field this year in what became one of the most successful seasons Flowing Wells has had in a generation.

Her commitment to throwing events has led to several USATF Junior Olympic championships and a high school state championship in the discus throw last spring. Her next step is to secure a Congressional appointment but that should be a formality for an athlete who has already proven herself every step of the way.

“After I get there the coaches will decide what events I will compete in,” Rodriguez added. “I like the javelin but I will have to prove myself.”

No problem.

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Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. His own children have won multiple state high school championships and were named to all-state teams. Competing in hockey, basketball, baseball and track & field in high school, his unique perspective can only be found here, on and on the pages of the Vail Voice and the Tanque Verde Voice. Contact Andy Morales at


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