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Brookwood's Brewer saves best for last

Staff Photo: Jonathan Phillips. After winning the state title for throwing the discus, Brookwood's Emily Brewer has been named Daily Post's Field Performer of the Year.

Staff Photo: Jonathan Phillips. After winning the state title for throwing the discus, Brookwood's Emily Brewer has been named Daily Post's Field Performer of the Year.

Brookwood throwing coach Bob Moeck told Emily Brewer before the last throw of her high school career to make it her best ever.

Brewer didn't disappoint.

The senior tossed the discus 131 feet, 4 inches at the girls state track and field meet to claim the Class AAAAA state championship. It was the second straight year the Daily Post's Field Performer of the Year won the discus state title.

"He just told me 'You just take it home,'" Brewer said. "I went out and did my best."

Brewer had won the title last year with a throw of 130-7.

"I felt like I had pressure on me since I won it last year," Brewer said. "I was more nervous than last year. I felt like everyone was out for me and they knew who I was."

Brewer has certainly made a name for herself over the last few years. She won the Gwinnett County championship and was runner-up at the Region 8-AAAAA meet this season.

Brewer's state championship throw of 131-4 is fourth-best all-time at Brookwood, whose program features some of the top throwers in county history. The UGA walk-on is the first Bronco to repeat as the discus state champion.

"Emily went above and beyond again this year," Brookwood coach Kelly Sowers said. "Her goal going into state was to defend her title and that's what she did. When she sets a goal, she goes for it."

A cheerleader turned discus thrower, Brewer started throwing as a freshman after some tough hurdle workouts forced her to change events. She barely missed qualifying for the state that year, but realized she found more than just a new hobby.

"I really had no idea. The first year I did it to have fun," Brewer said. "I was third at region my freshman year and if I would have finished one place higher I would have gone to state. That's when I started thinking I could do this."

Brewer took fourth at state as a sophomore and under the tutelage of Moeck, Brewer won her first state title last season.

The title defense wasn't that easy for Brewer this season. She took second at the region meet, which put her in a tough flight at state.

"I felt like a lot of girls improved from last year," Brewer said. "I felt like there was more competition in the meets around Brookwood and at state. I had more competition this year."

It looked like Brewer might not be able to repeat as a state champion. Then she pulled out her best throw of the year to reclaim the title.

"She definitely hit her peak at the end of the year," Sowers said.