Five Tigers compete at state
@ Foothill High School, Henderson
4A boys pole vault: Logan Kyle, 5:30 p.m. (tentative)
4A girls discus: Kindra Ruckman, 3 p.m. (start of 1A)
4A boys triple jump: Sean Wolfkiel, 3 p.m. (start of 1A)
4A boys 1,600: John Munyan, 10:50 a.m.
4A boys long jump: Cade Pankey, 9 a.m. with 1A
Five athletes, including one defending champion, will be representing Douglas High School today and Saturday at the NIAA State Track and Field Championships in Henderson.
Here is a breakdown of those events being held at Foothill High School (visit Athletic.net for results).
BOYS POLE VAULT: This shapes up as a duel between a pair of seniors, Logan Kyle of Douglas and Silverado’s Adam Brewer, champions in their respective Northern and Sunrise region meets and co-state leaders with their season-best marks of 14-6. Parker Nelson of McQueen and Edward Andrews of Coronado have also gone 14-feet this season. Kyle went 14-6 at the Big George Invitational on April 29 and won his region title at 14-3 last Friday.
GIRLS DISCUS: Douglas junior Kindra Ruckman set an eight-foot p.r. with her 119-2 last weekend at the region meet, and is looking to throw even further today. The gold medal could could be decided between Sunrise Region champion Athiya Iese of Liberty, who threw 147-0 in April, and Damonte Ranch junior Cassidy Osborne-Butler of Damonte Ranch, who threw her personal best 140-10 at the region meet Saturday and placed fifth in the event at last year’s state meet. Osborne-Butler is the defending state shot put champion and the Illinois 2A state champion in 2015.
TRIPLE JUMP: A school record is within reach for Douglas senior Sean Wolfkiel, who set a three-foot personal record of 44-2 last Friday for second-place at the region meet. The target is that school record 44-6 set by Johnny Pollack in 2010. The top qualifier is Emmanuel Olalere of Green Valley, who improved his personal best by nearly two-and-half feet with a 46-7¾ to win the Sunrise title.
1,600 METERS: Five qualifiers in the field have run 4:21 or better this season, including defending state champion John Munyan of Douglas. McQueen senior Henry Weisberg (4:21.14) comes in as the Northern champ after edging Munyan (4:21.26) at the wire Saturday. Weisberg ran 4:18.94 at Stanford in April and Lancers’ teammate Zach Stallings ran 4:11.84 at the Sacramento Meet of Champions. Palo Verde senior Daniel Ziems is the Sunset Region champion (4:21.40) and Luis Soto of Rancho is the Sunrise champion (4:21.87 and 1:54.39 for 800 meters). Stallings won the Northern Region 800 final in 1:53.18. Remember the distance X factor in this race: Northern runners are coming down from an altitude of 4,700 feet to Las Vegas at 2,000 feet. That difference gives Munyan a shot at the school record 4:18.4 set by Bryan Carroll in 1980 (Carroll ran 3:59.3 for 1,500 meters in 1982).
LONG JUMP: Douglas senior Cade Pankey has gone 21-8 this season and is taking aim at the school record 22-1¾ set by Jon Parry in 1993. The gold medal shapes up as a repeat duel between defending state champion Jamal Britt of Legacy and James Johnson of Centennial, last year’s runner-up. Johnson captured the Sunset title last weekend at 22-10½, ahead of Britt’s 22-6. Johnson’s season best is 23-9¾.