Three Local Athletes Compete in National Championships

By Jacob Dimond / jake@yelmonline.com
Posted 6/28/22

Three athletes from the Nisqually Valley traveled to Eugene, Oregon in June to compete for national championship honors in track and field.

Rainier’s Jeremiah Nubbe competed in the Nike …

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Three Local Athletes Compete in National Championships

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Three athletes from the Nisqually Valley traveled to Eugene, Oregon in June to compete for national championship honors in track and field.

Rainier’s Jeremiah Nubbe competed in the Nike Track and Field National Championships at Hayward Field and brought home national championships in both the discus and hammer. Yelm’s Brayden Platt competed in discus, shot put, and javelin and set two new personal records during the process, while Kyler Ronquillo competed in the decathlon event, where he went on to set a new PR and placed in the top 10 nationally.

Ronquillo, who placed eighth overall in the decathlon national championship, recalled his trip to Eugene as an overall great experience. He set a new personal record decathlon score, with a total of 6,162 points.

“It was an honor to compete at one of the highest stages of competition,” Ronquillo said following the competition. “It really opened my eyes of what to expect in my future upcoming meets, and gave me a good starting point in the traveling track circuit.”

Ronquillo is an ambitious athlete who thrives off of competition. Following his junior campaign, he has high hopes moving forward.

“I loved the challenge of facing athletes from all over the country, and now have high expectations going into my senior year of track,” Ronquillo added.

He also touched on what it was like to compete at the state-of-the-art facility in Eugene. Ronquillo said “the Oregon track facility was gorgeous. The stadium was extremely easy to maneuver through, while also being the most advanced and modern building I have ever been in.”



Platt continued his strong spring and summer seasons with powerful performances in the Nike National Championships. The sophomore went on to take second overall in javelin and seventh in shot put.

He set a new personal record in javelin with a throw of 65.24 meters, or 214 feet, 4 inches. In shot put, Platt took seventh overall with a heave of 18.49 meters, or 60 feet, 8 inches.

Platt’s efforts in the javelin competition earned him All-American honors, making him a multi-sport All-American.

Platt has already seen a busy start to the summer, as he’s competed at the track nationals, in spring football for the Tornados, and toured several colleges in the south. Platt recently picked up scholarship offers from Mississippi State and Georgia Tech, while touring multiple schools with Ford Sports Performance.

Nubbe had an incredible day at the national championships in Eugene as well, as he placed first overall in discus with a throw of nearly 61 meters. He beat the national runner up by nearly 2 meters.

Then in the Hammer competition, Nubbe went out with a bang as he let his hammer fly for 72.03 meters, taking first overall. The runner up to Nubbe’s national championship victory was Caden Hottmann from Hermiston, Oregon, with a throw of 62.43 meters.

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