Cummings wins 1st UIL medal in TJ

Ron Howell
Sports Editor

AUSTIN — It came in a different event from the one where she was so narrowly denied a UIL medal at the 2018 state meet. On Friday, Kiley Cummings of Blackwell finally secured her first medal as the sophomore won a third-place bronze with a triple jump of 35 feet, 2 1/2 inches at the Class 1A meet.
There was no doubt about this medal. Cummings easily beat out Leann Manske of Rule, who was fourth at 34-8. Cummings was narrowly beaten out for second by Iredell’s Vivi Benitez (35-4). Sydney Ritter of Groom (38-0 1/2) won the gold medal.
At the 2018 state meet, Cummings missed a third-place medal by .01 second in the girls 400-meter dash. She was fourth again Friday in the event (1:00.57) but this time she wasn’t nearly as close to a medal as Taylor Doyle of Evant captured the bronze with a time of 59.70.
Cummings competed in two events this year after making it in three events at Austin as a freshman when she was also in the 800 run.
Last year she finished seventh in the triple jump (33-4 3/4) and ninth in the 800 (2:35.21).
Replacing Cummings in the 800 this year for Blackwell was Vickie Davis, who was seventh with a time of 2:31.08. Davis was making her first state appearance.
Blackwell’s Jordan Jones, who was making her third trip to Austin, placed eighth in the girls pole vault (9-0) after fourth-place finishes in 2017 and 2018.
The other Blackwell girls UIL competitor was Darrian Kenney, who was sixth in the 100 hurdles (16.57) in her first state trip. Kenney is a sophomore.
Also competing Friday in Austin was senior Peyton Hinckley, who went 6-0 in the boys high jump to place sixth for Blackwell in his first appearance at the Class 1A state meet.