DOBSON — Surry Central’s Daisha Bunn has chosen Salem College to continue her track career.
Daisha ranks in the top 10 all-time for Central girls in both throwing events. She is eighth in shot put and second in discus.
At the state 2A track championship last month, Daisha hit a personal best at more than 105 feet and finished sixth.
The thing about Daisha is that she continued to work to get better and never plateaued, said track coach Jason Bryant. It’s great that she got to go out as a senior with her best throw on the biggest stage, he said.
As a child, Daisha played basketball and continued that up into high school. Once she tried track, she said she hung up her basketball jersey for good.
She joined the track team as a sophomore.
Bryant said he doesn’t let beginners touch a discus or shot until they understand the basic fundamentals.
Daisha showed a willingness to do the drills she needed, to get the footwork down, Bryant said.
“Those who have been willing to do that have been successful. The willingness to prepare is what made her successful.”
Some throwers try to do the full spin before they have the basics down and it doesn’t help them succeed at all, he explained. The medals aren’t awarded for style, but for longest distance.
Daisha showed promise as a sophomore, then continued to build off that initial success, he said.
As a junior, Daisha performed well enough to earn Western Piedmont all-conference honors.
As a senior, she again made all-conference, then followed it up with a silver medal at the 2A regional championship and sixth at the state level.
During her first two years in the sport, Daisha often competed against North Surry’s Alex Cooke, a two-time state champion in shot put.
She said the two became good friends and enjoyed competing with each other. While Alex always won the shot, Daisha could beat her in discus.
In addition to her coaches, Daisha said she owed part of her success to a former classmate. When she first started, Chance Beck was a veteran thrower who was like an assistant coach.
Not only did he provide senior leadership, but he had knowledge of the technical details she needed to learn, said Bryant.
After graduation, Beck was riding motorcycles with his father when he suffered a fatal accident in April of last year.
In memory of her friend and mentor, Daisha said her mantra this season was “All for Chance.”
If a person hasn’t been part of a team before, a person doesn’t understand what the dynamic is like, Daisha said. The Surry Central track team has been like a family to her.
She said she loves that Salem is a small school and so is the track team. There are only three female throwers on the roster right now, so she hopes to fit in well with the new family.
She also likes how close Salem is; Winston-Salem is just a stone’s throw away for the discus specialist.
Mom Samantha said she went back to school and graduated from Salem in 2010, so she had been pushing for Daisha to go there.
Daisha said she had applied at a few colleges and was accepted to Salem, but was leaning toward High Point University until this spring.
The Central track team participated in the Appalachian Invitational in Boone on April 11.
Salem had a scout at the event and took notice of Bunn’s performance. The school sent her an email a week later, and soon Daisha was swayed toward Salem Spirits.
Samantha said the track coaches have assured her that Daisha will be busy between classes, practices and hitting the weight room.
Daisha said she likes being busy, noting that she is vice president of the senior class, student council public relations officer, a member of the National Honor Society, a three-year member of the yearbook staff and an active member of Young Life and Interact.
As for classes, Daisha said she is interested in studying communications with an eye toward being a media broadcaster.