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Shot put champion earns honors at council meeting

CARLSBAD — When the July 26 Carlsbad City Council Meeting came to order, a special proclamation presentation was given to Carlsbad High School student, Breana Jemison.
In June, Jemison, 17, was awarded the gold medal at the 2011 State of California Shot Put Championship for her 43 feet, 1 1/4 inches competitive throw.
The State Championships were held at Clovis High School in Fresno.
Mayor Matt Hall said that since Coach Leo Pacheco of Carlsbad High School alerted the City Council of Jemison’s accomplishment, he wanted Pacheco to say a few words before the proclamation.
“Tonight I brought one of our throwers, Breana Jemison, who is the only athlete in San Diego County to win the State Championship this year in track and field,” Pacheco said. “She holds the lead record for shot put and discus and has shattered the Carlsbad High School record.”
Jemison is also a California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) district champion and holds a high grade point average as she enters her senior year.
Pacheco wanted everyone to know that Jemison’s mother, Mary, who was in the audience, raised three wonderful kids as a single mother. She stressed to her children the importance of God, family, school, community and sports — and yes, in that order.
Pacheco, a coach at Carlsbad High School for 15 years, describes the Jemison children as great assets to the city of Carlsbad.
“This is only the second time in Carlsbad High School history that a student athlete has won first place in California State Track and Field Championship,” Hall said. “In order to accomplish this great feat, Breana demonstrated exceptional physical dexterity and individual discipline which shot putting requires.”
The proclamation also underscored Jemison’s Lancer pride, dedication, inspirational efforts and noteworthy publicity she has brought to the town of Carlsbad.
Jemison began participating in track and field during her freshman year. On average, she practices five days a week. Jemison said when she’s not practicing or playing shot put, she’s always thinking about it.
“I love it,” Jemison said. “It’s a passion.”
Even during her time off in the summer months, she continues to fine-tune and improve her game.
Jemison said she thanked God who blessed her with her talents, her family, coaches, friends and everyone who has supported her.
Jemison’s mother said that as long as her daughter continues to strive and do well, and the ambition remains, then it’s great.
Pacheco said that Jemison’s drive is positive and she harnesses in the traits of being the best she can be. She offers impeccable sportsmanship toward her teammates and even her competitors.
“Breana not only has talent but she has that rare, rare quality of not wanting to lose,” Pacheco said. “And she comes to practice knowing that there’s a bigger picture than shot put.”
This picture is having Jemison know that schoolwork comes before shot put and how her family and coaches support her in living a good, responsible life.
Pacheco said that he believes that Jemison’s talents will continue far after she graduates from high school.
In fact, he predicts something quite special that the town of Carlsbad may very well look forward to one day.
“She will be an Olympian,” Pacheco said.