WICHITA — It wasn’t a matter of who would win Saturday’s 2A girls’ discus at the Kansas State Track and Field Championship at Cessna Stadium in Wichita.
It was, however, a matter of how far Hill City junior Allyssa Miller would throw.
The answer was 146 feet, 3 inches, putting her 2 feet, 1 inch clear of the 2A state meet record and stamping her name into the history books.
“That’s been my goal since last year’s meet — the record,” Miller said. “There was a lot of people there. I’m not used to that many people watching throwing events. I kinda got nervous.”
Word of Miller’s season spread like wildfire throughout the spring. She won the Mid-Continent League championship with a throw of 158-0, launching her into the top 10 nationally.
But even national marks and state records don’t necessarily satisfy Miller.
“I would’ve liked to throw a little farther, but I’m happy with it, I guess,” she said. “I got the state record, so…”
The win gave her back-to-back titles, as she was 19-1 clear of the field.
She began Saturday by improving on last year’s fifth-place performance by making her third trip in shot put a golden one.
Miller’s first throw went 38-7, holding steady for the first round. Ness City senior MaKenna Fritts, a Washburn signee, sent her second throw 38-8.5, which only fueled Miller.
“I kinda was not happy with myself,” Miller said. “I got passed, so I was mad. I think that made it go farther. I just got really mad and amped up.”
Miller’s final throw went 39-0.5, landing in the spot of a gold medal. She can now say she rules an event she once thought she was no good in.
“I guess I’m alright,” Miller said. “I think next year, it will be a lot better.”
The junior is receiving national interest from Division I colleges in search of an arm of Miller’s quality. Though she will need to travel to Kearney, Neb., this week to get her right shoulder check for injury, next year will again be a matter of not who, but how far.
“Next year’s gonna be good,” Miller said. “I’m gonna make it good.”
Hill City senior Lexie McDowell finished in a tie for fourth (5-4) in the long jump. Senior Amanda Conway earned third in the 300-meter hurdles and was apart of the second-place 1,600-meter relay team.
Thunder Ridge junior Monica Jirak also earned her first 1A discus title Saturday, throwing a new personal record on her final two throws.
Her fourth attempt landed at the 123-3 mark, ahead of her PR of 120-6. The fifth throw surpassed Centralia's Tara Bergman (124-6) with a 128-6, improving on her sixth-place showing as a freshman. Her final throw was a scratch
"It was really exciting. (Friday) with the rain delay, we were kinda worried with how things would turn out," Jirak said. "It worked out for the best, I guess.
"I knew I wanted to throw over 120, but I didn't know that would happen."