Eastside Preps: Sandy High's first family of throwers
Throwing has become a family affair for Sandy High School track and field as a pair of siblings are winning meets and notching records.
Pioneer senior Tanner Brewster is throwing javelin, shot put and discus; and his younger sister, sophomore Sydney Brewster, is throwing shot put and discus. The pair said being teammates push both to reach their maximum potential.
"Its super fun to compete with (Tanner) — we both hype each other during meets," Sydney said.
That has been showing in the first three meets of the season, as the siblings have won every competition and been setting personal records along the way.
In three meets this season, neither has lost an event. They are both cruising and eyeing strong performances later this month at the Mt. Hood Conference Championships and the 2021 Oregon 6A Track and Field Showcase — the top meet this year.
And in the Brewster family, it's not just the two siblings with throwing in their DNA. Their father, Travis Brewster, is in his first year as the Sandy throws coach. He is a Pioneer alum who met his wife while both competed in throwing events at Mt. Hood Community College. The eldest brother, TJ Brewster, is another Sandy alum, and currently is competing at the University of Oregon in hammer and discus.
"It's a whole family affair," Sydney said with a laugh.
(Sandy High was famous for years for the Skipper family of throwers, brothers Scott, Art and Tommy).
Having their dad as coach allows for insights during meets, especially since the elder Brewster understands what it takes to succeed as a thrower.
"I expect to see some big improvements from both of them this year," Travis said. "They are both very coachable and willing to change their technique and make adjustments in short time."
Neither sibling was certain there would be a track and field season this year, so they are taking everything in stride and making the most of the opportunity to be back competing in the sport they love.
"To miss this season would have been devastating," Tanner said.
Sydney has her eyes set on a school record in her first year competing for the Pioneers track program — with her freshman season being wiped out by the pandemic. Her goal in shot put is to hit 45 feet — which would give her the Sandy High record.
So far Sydney has been throwing well in both events. For shot put she is creeping toward that Pioneer record, tossing a personal best of 40 feet in an April 23 meet at David Douglas. During a Friday, April 30, duel meet with Clackamas, she notched another PR in the discus with a toss of 127-06.50.
Tanner's goals this season are to put up numbers that will let him follow in his brother's footsteps and compete for the Ducks.
He set a PR in javelin during the duel meet with Clackamas, launching it 175-02 feet. Against David Douglas he set two more top throws this year — a PR of 51-1 1/2 in shot put and a season-best in discus with 156-06.
"I love the relaxation in track — not having to stress about missing an assignment on a play or a shot in basketball," he said. "I get to compete every day with my friends and family."
And Tanner takes his role of older brother seriously — being there for his sister as she competes. He said the key is to cheer her on and make sure she doesn't get down if a throw doesn't go as planned. And that support goes both ways for the siblings.
"Having family compete alongside me keeps me motivated," Tanner said. "I want to be a positive role model for my sister, and my dad knows the right adjustments to make as a coach."
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