GREER – The turning point for Brishauna Wright was failing to qualify for state as a sophomore.
Between then and when Wright signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her track and field career at Limestone College on Thursday, the Greer High senior has been on an upward trek.
Wright finished sixth in the state in Class AAA in the shot put as a junior, and this week she took second in the shot and third in the discus in the Greenville County championships.
“Not making it to state really influenced me to take track more seriously,” Wright said. “Going to qualifiers and seeing that I could do what other girls were doing made me want to do what they were doing and be better than they were.”
“She was good enough, but the girls were just as good, and she knew if she worked harder, this would be a piece of cake, and she got better and better and better,” said Greer girls track coach Erie Williams.
“You could see the confidence. Her mentality changed. It wasn’t like, ‘I’m going to the state qualifier, and I’m going to try and progress.’ It was, ‘I’m going to the state qualifier, and I’m going to make some noise.’ She did, and she’s beeen doing it ever since.”
As a junior, Wright was the Peach Blossom AAA Region champion in the shot put, and she was second in the county in the shot and fifth in the discus.
This year, Wright finished fifth in the shot in the Coaches Classic. She has personal-bests of 36 feet, 3 inches in the shot and 101 feet in the discus.
She ended up drawing interest from several schools.
“But Limestone, when I went to their campus, they were more inviting than the other schools,” Wright said. “Their coach took me on a full tour of Gaffney. It was really nice. I liked the way they handle business. They made sure I was well taken care of even though they didn’t know I was coming to the school.
“He’s been making sure I take the SAT, making sure I get high scores, so I feel like he’s been there through the whole thing. I feel like he’s basically a second head coach to me.”
She admits the idea of competing at the college level is “scary.”
“But I know I can overcome (the nerves), just like I overcame not making it to state a couple years ago,” Wright said. “I can make it if I try.
“Now that I’m signing, I feel like I’ve reached my destination. I feel like I’ve made it to where I need to be.”