SACRAMENTO — Several Kitsap athletes took part in the USA Track and Field National Junior Olympic Championships in California at the end of July, with several locals taking home some serious hardware.
It’s safe to say that no one had a longer day than recent South Kitsap graduate Ryan Thoma, who competed in the decathlon and ended up taking second overall.
Thoma excelled most in the field events, winning the high jump with a mark of 1.90 meters (about 6.23 feet) and took second in the long jump with a leap of 6.50 meters.
In the javelin, Thoma took third with a throw of 49.39 meters and also took top-five finishes in the 100 meters (11.71 seconds), 400 meters (51.56) and the pole vault (4 meters).
Add it all up, and Thoma finished the day with 6,392 points, which was good for second place behind Peyton Bair of TNT Track Club of Idaho, who took the top spot with a score of 6,913.
Several other current and former Wolves, all of whom represented the local Thriller Track and Field Club, made the trip down to Sacramento as well.
Deyondre Davis, who will return to South Kitsap next year for his senior season, finished third in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 53.21. Davis also finished ninth in the semifinals of the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.05.
Emily Riehl represented South Kitsap in the high jump, finishing eighth with a leap of 1.65 meters (about 5 feet, 4 inches).
Ethan Brandon, Audrey Green and Callie Mueller all competed in their respective 3,000-meter racewalk competitions. Brandon finished fifth in the boys race with a time of 20:33.30. In the girls race, Green took fifth (21:10.77) and Mueller took 10th (23:30.41).
Joren James Rentie took fifth overall in the long jump with a distance of 6.30 meters.
Other participants included Pono Fuiava, Central Kitsap’s Washington state champion discus thrower. Fuiava took sixth nationally in the discus with a throw of 38.56 meters. She also took ninth in the shot put with a distance of 12.01 meters.
North Kitsap’s Alyssa Cullen finished 11th in the triple jump with a mark of 10.69 meters. Fellow Vikings Alexandra Payne finished 19th in the hammer throw (36.69 meters).
Klahowya’s Alyssa Becker reached the finals in both the 1500- and 3000-meter races. Becker took ninth in the 1500 (4:50.82) and 11th in the 3000 (10:53.98).
Ryan Thoma, South Kitsap (Decathalon)
100 meters — 11.71 (5th)
400 meters — 51.56 (5th)
1500 meters — 4:55.78 (7th)
110-meter hurdles — 16:31 (10th)
Shot put — 11.87 meters (8th)
Discus — 29.25 meters (15th)
Javelin — 49.39 meters (3rd)
High jump — 1.90 meters (1st)
Pole vault — 4.00 meters (5th)
Long jump — 6.50 meters (2nd)
Total score — 6392 (2nd)
Alyssa Becker, Klahowya
1500 meters — 4:50.82 (9th)
3000 meters — 10:53.98 (11th)
Ethan Brandon, South Kitsap
3000 meter racewalk — 20:33.30
Alyssa Cullen, North Kitsap
Triple jump — 10.69 meters (11th)
Deyondre Davis, South Kitsap
110-meter hurdles — 14.05 (9th, semifinals)
400-meter hurdles — 53.21 (3rd)
Pono Fuiava, Central Kitsap
Shot put — 12.01 (9th)
Discus — 38.56 (6th)
Audrey Green, South Kitsap
3000 meter racewalk — 21:10.77 (5th)
Callie Mueller, South Kitsap
3000 meter racewalk — 23:30.41 (10th)
Joren James Rentie IV, South Kitsap
Long jump — 6.30 meters (5th)
Emily Riehl, South Kitsap
High jump — 1.65 meters (8th)
Alexandra Payne, North Kitsap