For most four-year-olds, life can be pretty simple. A normal day can consist of coloring, learning the alphabet, and riding a tricycle. But don’t jump to conclusions about the preschool activities of University of Florida triple-jumper Ciarra Brewer.
At the age of four, Ciarra was running track.
“I’ve been running track for a LONG time,” joked Brewer.
Growing up in Union City, California, track and field was a way of life for the Brewer family.
Her father was a track and field coach at Berkeley High and led the school to seven California State championships through the seventies and eighties. Her mother was a high-jumper for the University of Colorado.
Her brother, Arneax, was a two-time California state finalist in the triple jump as well.
“Being in a jumper’s family, I know it’s something we are all passionate about and we can all relate to,” she added.
Few athletes can relate to what Brewer has done in track cleats. She was the nation’s top-ranked girls triple-jumper coming out of high school.
Among a mountain of accomplishments, she is the reigning two-time defending SEC outdoor triple jump champion, claiming the top spot back to back years in 2012 and 2013 with marks of 13.58 meters and 13.85 meters respectively.
At the 2014 Razorback Invitational in Fayetteville, Brewer became the national leader in the triple jump with a mark of 13.55 meters.
Despite a plethora of individual achievements, Brewer considers her crowing achievement as a Gator to be finishing second-place as a freshman at the 2012 SEC Indoor Championships in Kentucky where the women’s team captured its seventh SEC indoor title.
“People didn’t think that we would’ve won,” said Brewer. The No. 6 ranked Florida women’s team won the title by upsetting No. 2 LSU and No. 4 Arkansas.
When Brewer thinks about this year’s team, she gets the same vibes when reminiscing of that 2012 championship team.
“I feel like we having a really good chance of winning and I hope we all come together the same way we did in Kentucky.”
UPDATE: At the 2014 SEC Indoor Track & Field Championships in College Station, Texas, the UF women’s team came together to become the 2014 SEC Indoor Champions, beating second-place Texas A&M by 5.5 points.
Brewer’s jump of 13.59 meters put her as the 2014 SEC Indoor Triple Jump champion.