Last year Ronna Stone and Elena Bruckner did not even qualify to compete in the discus, this year they entered as some of the favorites. Both have blossomed in the event that they are still learning.
Stone immediately raised the stakes with an opening throw in the discus that sailed well over the 140 foot marker but just outside the sector. The tone was set: she was here to compete. The next one was down the middle and 153 feet, 8 inches away. That throw bettered her pervious lifetime best by nearly ten feet and took the lead into the finals. Starting the fourth round Bruckner responded with a big throw of her own, this one just two inches ahead of her teammate at 153-10. Remarkably within four throws Bruckner and Stone moved to #2 and #3 in California and were sitting 1-2 with just two throws remaining.
Teammates push each other to be better and that is no different today. It is clear that this is a title fight separated by literally inches. Round five and Stone let one sail, by far her best of the day landing near the 160 mark but just outside of the right sector. The throws would stand through the final round ending in an emotional 1-2 finish for Stone and Bruckner.
Four Warriors qualified to compete in the Arcadia Invitational. In addition to Bruckner and Stone, Lydia Sum competed in the 100 meter hurdles and Ronika Stone in the High Jump. Sum is the defending WCAL Champion and returned to Arcadia determined to have her senior year be the best. She did not leave disappointed finishing a medalist running 15.48 seconds for third place. Stone also had a solid showing. The junior is just finishing her first month of Track & Field. It has been quite the explosion of performances this season, Stone is currently ranked #1 in WCAL and broke the school record jumping 5' 5" the week prior. Here at Arcadia she cleared 5'3 finishing sixth in the Friday night meet.
The Warriors return to action Wednesday hosting Saint Ignatius in WCAL action.
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