Thriller Track & Field produces strong day at nationals led by Ryan Thoma as he picks up Junior Olympic National win in the high jump

Led by Ryan Thoma’s performance in the decathlon, Thriller Track & Field, guided by head coach Glenn Wachtman, placed three athletes among the top 10 in the nation at the USATF Hershey National Junior Olympic Championships Tuesday in Sacramento.

Thoma’s big day included a second-place finish overall in the men’s 17-18 division decathlon. In a social media post by Wachtman, Thoma battled through 100-degree weather Monday and Tuesday, earned a bloody nose from getting hit by a pole vault and clinched the silver medal and an All-American status.

“When we say blood, sweat and tears, it usually means figuratively … not for Ryan Thoma these past (two) days,” Wachtman wrote on his Facebook page. “He fought, he fought through. He bled, he was a warrior, and this coach is deeply proud.”

Ryan Thoma of Thriller Track and Field shows off his second-place medal he earned at the USATF Hershey National Junior Olympic meet in the 17-18 men’s decathlon. Thoma competed in the events Monday and Tuesday in 100-degree weather in Sacramento, Calif. (Courtesy photo: Glenn Wachtman/Thriller Track & Field)

Thoma tied for first in the high jump with Peyton Bair of TNT Track Club with a distance of 6 feet, 2-75 inches. He was second in the long jump (21-4), the 400 (51.56), and 1,500 (4:55.78); third in the 110 hurdles (16.31), and javelin, which on his final attempt gave him his best distance at 13-1.5 after fouling his previous two attempts. Thoma tied for fourth in the pole vault (13-1.50), fifth in the 100 (11.71), eighth in the shot put (38-11.5), and was 15th in the discus throw (95-11).

Thriller’s Audrey Green placed fifth in the nation in the 3,000-meter race walk. Green, competing in the women’s 17-18 division, had a time of 21 minutes, 10.77 seconds. Callie Miller of Thriller finished 10th in the girls 15-16 3,000 race walk in 23:30.41. Ethan Brandon placed fifth in the 17-18 division, to earn All-American status.

Kitsap Fliers Track Club saw Tenichi Gordon place 10th in the 13-14 boys outdoor pentathlon competition. Gordon finished the 100 hurdles in 15.86 seconds to place eighth. He was 11th in the shot put (27-1.75), 12th in the high jump (4-05), 11th in the long jump (15-09.5), and 10th in the 1,500 run (4:48.40).

Monday saw Alexandra Payne, Kitsap Fliers, compete in the women’s 17-18 hammer throw. Payne, an incoming junior at North Kitsap, finished 19th with her best throw of 120-4 coming on her final attempt. 

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