Kyle vaults over 14 feet
March 20, 2017
A long wait ended for Logan Kyle ended on Saturday when he cleared 14-feet in the pole vault for the Douglas Tigers during a three-way Northern 4A conference meet in Carson City.
Kyle's performance at Carson High's Jim Frank Track and Field Complex was a personal record that surpassed his previous best by six inches. He cleared 13-6 six times last season, including a fourth-place finish at the region meet, so you might say the senior's moment of celebration was well deserved.
"I was so happy … it's been so long," said Kyle, who had previously cleared 14 feet in practice, but not in competition. "That's been the bar for me. It's nice to get over when it counted."
The senior jumped 13-4 indoors in January at the UCS Spirit Pole Vault in Reno, so Saturday's jump wasn't unexpected. Kyle cleared his first attempt at 14-0 and was nearly good on his third attempt at 14-3.
"I was over the bar, but I got too excited; when I threw my pole, I threw out my chest and hit the bar," he said. "I know I can make that height, though. It will come."
From a team standpoint, Douglas finished second behind McQueen in the scoring — by a 77.5-60.75 score in the boys competition, 71-63 on the girls side — during the three-way conference meet.
Dawson Coman was a double winner in the sprints as the senior sped to first-place in the 100 meters (11.47) and 200 (24.11). Coman also combined with Josh Gurule, Christian Grey and Koby Grey to win the 4×100 relay (46.15).
John Munyan, the defending state champion in the 1,600, put in a busy day in which he worked on a mix of speed and endurance. The senior placed third in the 400 with a personal best time of 52.72, then took first-place in the 3,200 (10:55.48) and fourth in the 800 (2:16.15). To start out the day, Munyan combined with Bryan Harris, Zachary Kruse and Cody Jackson to place third in the 4×800 (9:26.45).
Cade Pankey took first-place in the long jump at 20-0, just five inches short of the personal best he set at the 2015 region championships. The senior also took second in the triple jump (39-2) and second in the 200 (24.71).
Tahoma Smokey placed third in the shot put (42-0) and Taran Grove took second in the discus (116-11).
Senior Samuel Brees placed third in the pole vault with a personal record 11-6 and Everett Bertolone-Smith took third (11-0).
Junior Sophia Bottino won the 100 in a personal record time of 13.26 for Douglas then came back later in the day to take second-place in the 200 (29.03). Bottino combined with Faye Fournier, Macey Weston and Meleeah McKown to win the 4×100 relay (55.82).
Quincy Russell, Megan Ruffo, Addison Gregory and Isabella Tierney combined to win the 4×800 relay (11:44.65).
Kindra Ruckman won the discus with a throw of 99-9. Hunter Celio led a 1-2-3 Douglas sweep in the pole vault (9-0), followed by teammates Corie Nalder (7-6) and Madilynne Cox (7-0).
Macey Weston placed third in the 200 (29.40) and fourth in the 400 (1:06.70).
Maya Smith took second-place in the 800 (2:32.86), behind Carson's Abigail Pradere (2:19.94). Ruffo was second in the 3,200 (13:56.68).
Patricia Duarte and Cox placed second and third in the long jump with respective marks of 14-11-3/4 and 14-7.
Kayla Provost placed second in the high jump (4-8).
McKown and Karla Sanchez placed third and fourth respectively in the shot put with identical marks of 29-9.
The Tigers return to action this Saturday at the 45th annual Fallon Elks Invitational.