High School Sports

SLO’s Devaney to throw discus for Notre Dame

San Luis Obispo High senior track and field star Vivien Devaney has committed to Notre Dame and will sign a National Letter of Intent this afternoon to compete for the Fighting Irish, she said Tuesday.

She’ll compete in the discus on a near-full scholarship, she said.

Devaney, a four-year varsity performer for the Tigers, has played a key role in the Tigers’ back-to-back CIF-Southern Section Division 3 championships. Her personal best in the discus is 144 feet, 5 inches, while she also has a best of 37-2½ in the shot put.

She also drew recruiting interest from the likes of LSU, Stanford and UCLA, among other national powers, but “completely fell in love with the campus” upon visiting South Bend, Ind., this past October, adding that the school was the best academic fit for her.

“From the minute I stepped foot there, I knew that was where I wanted to go,” Devaney said. “It was just a feeling I got.“I’m so excited. It’s such a relief to not have to worry about where I’m going, and I can just settle into my last few weeks (as a student at San Luis Obispo High).”

Devaney, in her second year as a captain for the Tigers, has gone undefeated in the discus in PAC 7 duals this season. In late March, Devaney won the Elks San Luis Obispo County meet girls discus title at 126-6.

A favorite in the event at the PAC 7 finals to be held Thursday at Atascadero High, Devaney has improved as this season has progressed, unleashing a throw of 143-1 in a dual win over Paso Robles on April 22.

“I just want to go (to Notre Dame) and get settled in,” Devaney said of her freshman-year goals. “I just want to do well; I’m not going to put too much pressure on myself (in terms of specific marks).”

In 2009, her 138-10 effort was the best at the Division 3 prelims, a performance that placed her in the top 10 in the state, according to DyeStat.com. She went on to place fourth at the sectional Masters meet, earning an automatic bid to the state championships with a best of 136-6.

“She’s definitely a Division I athlete,” said Tigers assistant coach Steve Boaz, who served as the head coach prior to this season. “She’s been a standout performer, as well as a standout leader for us, all four years.

“She showed excellent athletic ability at the beginning (of her prep career),” Boaz added, “but she had what it takes to be not only a good athlete but a good thrower. She’s always had a great work ethic and motivation.”

Devaney also was a four-year varsity player in soccer for the Tigers, earning all-divisional second-team honors this past year during San Luis Obispo’s 23-4-2 divisional semifinals run.