Povis Ruiz reaches goal in triple jump


Sophomore hits the 40-foot mark mutiple times at Sisters

For a brief moment Friday evening, Fredy Povis Ruiz figured he had peaked out for the day.

Heading into the Sisters Rotary Twilight Invitational track meet, the Madras sophomore hoped to continue the improvement he had been showing in just about every meet so far this season. His goal this week: 39-plus feet in the triple jump. He got that and more.

Povis Ruiz recorded a personal best 40-10 in taking second at Sisters. It was a jump that surprised him.

"In my head, I said I was going to get 39," Povis Ruiz said. "First jump, 39-5. Second jump, I broke 40. Then in the finals, first jump was 38 and I thought I must have peaked out already."

But it wasn't the case.

He has been slowly increasing his distance with each passing meet. At Sisters, he PRed three times and heads into the final week with plenty of confidence.

"I'm looking to PR again honestly," he said. "I've done that at pretty much every meet, so if I do it again, that would be great."

While Povis Ruiz was flying high, or at least long, Madras as a team continued to take steps forward as the season winds down. The Buffs recorded 22 personal bests at Sisters as the boys placed ninth with 29 points and the girls 14th with 10 points.

"I give them candy bars — we call them PR bars — everytime they PR and they are about breaking me," Madras coach Melissa Bowerman said.

But the coach will readily admit, that's really not such a bad thing.

Madras has one meet left on its schedule before the Tri-Valley Conference meet May 16-17. There, the top two placers in each event, regardless of what they may have done over the course of the season, move on to the state meet in Eugene.

And Povis Ruiz is planning on being one of the Buffs that does just that.

As of this week, Povis Ruiz trails only Kyle Tinnell of Redmond in Class 4A in the event and the two are the only competitors in the state that have gone past 40 feet.

"Now that I know that I can get 40, that's what I'm going to be looking at every time, 40 feet," Povis Ruiz said.

Both the Buffs' 400 and 1,600 relay teams posted personal best times, again, while Victor Bonilla went below the 12-second mark in the 100 for the first time ever, placing 12th with a time of 11.96 and Miklo Hernandez got his time in the 200 under 25 seconds, a season goal of his.

But the Buffs aren't without a little bad news as Taylor Welsh was limited to just throwing the javelin after pulling a hamstring. The injury has kept him sidelined from running events and Povis Ruiz has stepped into his spot in the 400 relay.

Bowerman said Welsh will not compete again until the district meet in two weeks and can only hope he is well enough to have a go at it.

But with Welsh sidelined, Povis Ruiz has stepped in and along with Drake Anderson, Bonilla and Hernandez, the group has PRed two meets in a row.

That will bring a lot of questions by the time the district meet rolls around. Bowerman will have to decide, if Welsh is healthy, which four will run the relay.

"I would rather have (Welsh) run it because this is his last year," Povis Ruiz said. "It's a big deal for him because he really likes that relay. I wouldn't want to be the one that takes his spot. I hope he gets better. I don't have a problem running it, but I hope he gets to."

On the girls' side, Cheyenne Duncan got her 100 time under 15 seconds, posting a time of 14.77. Kiana Rodriguez (14.31) and Isabel Olivera (14.33) also went under 15 seconds in the event.

Elle Renault took third in the javelin at 111-11. Bowerman said that the set up for the javelin, which had the throwers started outside the track and then running across the track to throw, threw everyone off a little bit. While medaling in the event, the throw was not one of Renault's best this season.

The Regis meet will be a hit-or-miss one for the Buffs, meaning if they are healthy, they will compete. And if not, its practice, practice and more practice as they work themselves back into form.