Coleman sets new personal record in shot put

by: PHIL HAWKINS - St. Paul's Remy Brentano placed in the top three in three events Thursday.The St. Paul girls won three events Thursday and scored 97 points at the Southwest Christian Invitational en route to a second-place finish out of 14 teams at Sherwood High School.

The Buckaroo girls finished 35.5 points behind first-place Sherwood and 29.5 points ahead of third-place Damascus Christian thanks to key performances in the shot put and pole vault, as well as the relays.

Sophomore Emma Coleman eclipsed her personal record in the shot with a first-place throw of 34-8. The mark added 3.25 inches to her previous best she set as a freshman in the finals of last year’s 1A State Championship meet in Eugene where she placed fourth overall.

She was joined by senior teammate Carolina Ruvalcaba who had a hand in the Bucks’ other two first-place finishes.

Ruvalcaba won an individual event by matching her career-best in the pole vault after clearing a height of 7-0. She went on to join Remy Brentano, Sydney Brentano and Shelby Donaldson to take first in the 4x100 relay with a time of 54.66.

The relay quartet is looking to defend last year’s 4x100 state championship and currently has the state’s second-best 1A time at 54.15.

Remy Brentano — a four-time state placer in 2013 — added points for the Bucks by placing in the top three in three events. The junior sprinter placed third in the 100 with a time of 14.29 and took second in the 200 at 29.19. In the field events, she was third in the long jump with a mark of 14-1.

On the boys side, senior Austin Burleson was the highest-placing Buckaroo athlete, clearing 5-0 in the high jump to place second and help St. Paul finish fifth with 62.33 points. Burleson also took fourth in the discus with a mark of 06-9.

Junior teammate Joe Hiller added a third-place finish in the long jump with a mark of 18-5. Hiller is coming off a career-high mark of 20-10.5 in the long jump, which he set April 9 at Westside Christian. It is the 1A top mark in the event this season.

Rounding out the field events, senior Zach Adams set a new personal record in the shot put by placing fourth with a mark of 40-1.

On the track, Hiller combined with Tanner Bernhardt, David Martinez and Fernando Dela Cerda to place second in the 4x100 relay with a time of 48.35.

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