Kindra Ruckman breaks through in discus
Douglas High discus thrower Kindra Ruckman only needed one word to sum up her reaction to setting a personal record Friday at the Northern 4A Region Track and Field Championships in Carson City.
“Awesome!,” Ruckman said of her 119-2 mark that was good for third-place on a sunny and breezy day at Carson High’s Jim Frank Track and Field Complex.
The distance was nine feet better than her previous best of 110-2 set on March 25 at the Fallon Elks Invitational. She also threw 109-10 to place seventh in the same ring at last year’s region meet.
This time, Ruckman had to wait a few moments before she realized exactly what she had done.
“I misheard the call,” the junior recalled. “I thought it was 109 (feet) and I was like, ‘Oh, dang.’ And then, once I realized it was 119, that was huge. All the work, coaching and support from my team just seemed to come together.”
The top-three finish in the event was good enough to qualify for a trip to Las Vegas for the NIAA State Championships this coming Friday and Saturday.
The Tigers’ girls had some other close calls for state, including fourth-place finishes on Saturday from Hunter Celio in the pole vault and Maya Smith in the 800.
Celio matched her personal best height of 10-0, however, the mark came up six inches shy of third-place and a berth in the state meet. The senior jumped 10-feet at six meets this season.
Smith narrowly missed a state berth when she ran a personal best 2:19.67 in the 800. The sophomore surged from sixth-place at the start of the second lap, moved into second midway through the backstretch and was still in third before Reno’s Mikayla Shults passed on the final turn.
Carson’s Abigail Pradere defended her title in the race (2:16.59), just a step ahead of Bishop Manogue’s Rosie Linkus (2:16.67) and Shults (2:17.46).
Smith’s time moved her to No. 10 on the list of season bests in Nevada and surpassed her personal best 2:24.87 set to place fifth at last year’s region meet.
Douglas placed fifth in the 4×200 relay as Sophia Bottino, Kyla Hinnant, Macey Weston and Madi Smalley ran a season-best time of 1:48.14.
The Tigers capped off their weekend with a fifth-place effort in the 4×400 relay as Bottino, Smith, Weston and Smalley ran 4:08.13. The time was a season best by five seconds for the Tigers, who finished less than four seconds off the winning pace set by Bishop Manogue (4:04.61) and one second away from a trip to state.
Freshman Meleeah McKown logged a personal record 114-3 for fifth-place in the discus.
Smalley placed sixth in the 400 (1:00.19). Smalley and Macey Weston placed sixth and seventh in the 200 with respective times of 27.51 and 28.22.
Corie Nalder was sixth (8-6) in the pole vault and Smith placed eighth in the 1,600 in a personal best 5:29.63.
Douglas placed eighth in the 4×100 relay as Bottino, Faye Fournier, Patricia Duarte and Hinnant ran 53.43.
McQueen edged Reed, 112-102, to win the team title. Douglas finished eighth with 41 points.