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Stuckly soars to No. 2 in state

By Mark Warde

In her first two seasons at Ennis High School, Katherine Stuckly has taken full advantage of her physical advantages on her way to becoming a standout performer in track and field.

At 5-foot-10, the sophomore has excelled in blocking shots on the volleyball court, clearing hurdles on the track and especially at reaching heights in the high jump. Likeable and soft-spoken, she has displayed a calm demeanor while making her mark for two years. Her future education could be paid for provided she continues to elevate before she graduates.

She took second in the state when she cleared 5’6” at the University Scholastic League’s Class 5A state track and field meet at the University of Texas a week ago. That’s still six inches below the school record, set in 1989 by Shenell Searcy, who won at state three times.

Stuckly will not be lacking for motivation as she prepares for her next two years in maroon. She gets plenty of it inside her own home.

Saying she plans to add strength and propulsion in the off-season, the humble high-jumper is also satisfied with what she’s attained so far. She sat down this week and cleared a 10 question obstacle course as though blind-folded.

 

Q1) Finishing second in the state, by one inch, is a fine an accomplishment. You were fifth as a freshman. What are your thoughts about being runner-up?

Katherine:  I am quite happy about my accomplishment. I am a sophomore and I am at state! The fact that I got second is a nice bonus.

Q2) How close were you to clearing 5-foot-8?

Katherine:  I was very close. I keep hitting just as I am almost completely over it.

Q3) During training and practice, have you cleared higher than 5’6” before?

Katherine:  I have cleared 5’8” before but just once, so far.

Q4) What are your plans for preparing for next year?

Katherine:  I am going to be going to the weight-room a lot more and focusing more on track.

Q5) What role do coaches Lonnie Redning and Stephen Marrow play in your development?

Katherine:  They are basically my support team. They give me tips and advice. We are just fine-tuning things and I cannot do that alone.

Q6) Anything else you’d like to add?

Katherine:  I also have summer track coaches. After school is out, I go work with them. They do what they can to help me become better.

Q7) Tell us about your parents. Were they athletic?

Katherine:  My mom (Sheryl) did track and basketball in high school. Both of my parents went to Texas A&M. Mom competed in track in college though my dad (Kyle) didn’t compete in sports.

Q8) Do you have siblings? Are they into sports too?

Katherine:  I have one brother, Raymond Stuckly. He’s 13 years old, and does Special Olympics in bowling and track. He competes in the 50 meter dash and throws the javelin.

Q9) What are your favorite courses of study?

Katherine:  Math and science.

Q10) Career direction?

Katherine:  I would like to go into engineering, possibly chemical or environmental engineering.

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