Hill City junior Allyssa Miller wasn’t at her best in the Class 2A regional last Friday, but she was still good enough to keep her season goals alive.
Miller battled some soreness around her right shoulder. With her dominant shoulder marked with kinesiology tape, Miller won both the shot put and discus at the 2A regional in Hill City on Friday. Her shot put went 38 feet, while she threw the discus 147-0. Her two wins helped the Ringnecks place third at regionals.
“It could’ve been better, but it wasn’t too bad,” Miller said.
Miller wants to exceed 150 feet in the discus, which she did prior to the regional meet. Her throw of 158 feet ranks in the top 10 nationally.
“That was awesome,” Miller said. “I was pumped.”
In addition to getting some rest, Miller said the key for her to get back to her best comes much closer to the ground.
“I overstepped really bad in the middle (at regionals),” Miller said. “I swung (my) foot clear around and that kinda threw everything off. It shouldn’t be that hard to get it under control.”
If she tightens up her footwork, Miller hopes to take aim at Kelly Abernathy’s state record of 165-2 set in 1985 and collect her second gold medal in the process.
“I want to the state record bad,” Miller said.
Last year, Miller won the discus, her preferred event, with a throw of 139-5.
She placed fifth in the shot put at state after a tough trip to state as a freshman.
“Last year was way better, and I hope this year is even better than that,” Miller said. “When I went down there I was used to nobody watching throwing events. Then when I got down there, it was people everywhere.”
She added she feels more comfortable competing on the big stage after gaining experience at last year’s state meet and a previous meet in Wichita this spring.
“I think I’m a little more confident,” Miller said. “I think throwing down there already this year (at Pre-State) will help a ton.”
While Friday’s performance wasn’t perfect, she’s got a good idea how she’ll get to where she wants to be.
“I think it’s mostly footwork,” Miller said. “If I get that, I think I’ll be alright.”