The Yelm Tornados added yet another state champion to their school’s lineage as Kyler Ronquillo recently took home the Washington State Decathlon championship, scoring a total of 6,032 points …
The Yelm Tornados added yet another state champion to their school’s lineage as Kyler Ronquillo recently took home the Washington State Decathlon championship, scoring a total of 6,032 points throughout 10 events.
A decathlon consists of 10 athletic events from track and field.
Ronquillo placed first overall in the 100-meter sprint with a time of 11.36 seconds for a personal record, and in shot put, he threw 41 feet, 8 inches. He placed second overall in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.09 seconds, and in long jump with a jump of 21 feet, 2.75 inches. He placed third in the 400-meter dash and the high jump, with a run of 52.69 seconds and a high jump of 5 feet, 10 inches.
Ronquillo also placed fourth in the pole vault competition with a vault of 10 feet, 10 inches. He placed ninth in discus, 10th in javelin, and 14th in the 1500-meter run.
Ronquillo beat out second place winner Ryan Rushton, of Arlington, by 118 points.
Leading up to the state championship, Ronquillo worked consistently on his throws after he completed his sprint and jump work. He said he was able to find time to train hurdles with Coach Mike Strong as well.
“Entering the state decathlon, I felt confident and extremely excited to showcase my ability,” Ronquillo said. “After taking the win, I felt joyful and ecstatic that my hard work paid off.”
Ronquillo now joins Brayden Platt (shot put), Trevontay Smith (triple jump), and Logan Platt (wrestling) as state champions for the Tornados during the 2021-22 school year.
Just like every championship athlete, this victory didn’t come for Ronquillo without a little bit of adversity.
“My pole vault, discus and long jump were all rough outings for me,” Ronquillo said. “The toughest moments are definitely when you under-perform in certain events and need to make up for lost points in other areas.”
Ronquillo also wanted to give thanks to those who helped him along the way. Being an athlete can be time consuming, and Ronquillo was appreciative of those who have given him support.
“I want to shout out my mom and dad for driving me around everywhere to train, and Coach Strong from Capital for taking me under his wing,” Ronquillo said. “I’d also like to thank both Stovalls (Cami and Chris) for helping me develop, and giving me the opportunity to adapt my schedule.”
Another Tornado also placed in the state competition, as Jordan Lasher took fifth overall with a score of 5,711 points.
Lasher, who is a sophomore, placed first overall in the pole vault, with a vault of 13 feet, 3.5 inches. Lasher also placed third in both the 110-meter hurdles competition and discus, with a run of 15.51 seconds and a throw of 113 feet, 5 inches. He also placed eighth in both the 100- and 400-meter races, seventh in high jump, eighth in long jump, 13th in the 1500-meter run, and 17th in javelin.
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