Logan second in pole vault
Douglas High’s Logan Kyle jumped to second-place in the boys pole vault Friday during the first day of competition at the NIAA State Track and Field Championships at Foothill High School in Henderson.
Kyle went 14-3, one bar short of the winning jump by Coronado’s Edward Andrews, who jumped a lifetime best 14-6 on a day when temperatures were in the low 80s. The Douglas senior missed his opening vault at 13-feet and then reeled off three straight successful jumps before missing at 14-6 once and 14-9 twice.
“I’m a little bit happy and a little bid sad,” Kyle said. “I’m kind of sad to see it go.”
Kyle missed his first attempt at 14-6 and Andrews was successful in setting his second personal record of the competition (his previous best was 14-0).
Kyle had the bar raised to 14-9, however, the strategy didn’t pay off when he missed twice, both times hitting the bar with his chest on the way down.
“He didn’t quite have it today,” said his dad and coach Jason Kyle. “We had to raise to 14-9. We would have lost on fewer misses even if he’d cleared 14-6.”
Two other Douglas athletes competed on Friday: Sean Wolfkiel placed eighth in the boys triple jump at 42-6¼ and Kindra Ruckman placed ninth in the girls discus with a throw of 103-10.
Sierra Lutheran senior Elaina Marchegger won her third straight state small schools 1,600 title, clocking a 5:40.30 to help the Falcons take an early lead in the team scoring.
(Editor’s note: Darrell Moody of the Nevada Appeal contributed to this story.)