Hubler jumps into fourth spot at Best of the Best |

Hubler jumps into fourth spot at Best of the Best

Steve Yingling

Elliott Hubler was at less than his best, but the South Tahoe High senior triple jumper still placed fourth at the Best of the Best track and field meet Saturday in Tempe, Ariz.

Hubler injured his right ankle on his third jump and was unable to improve upon an earlier best of 44 feet, 2 inches. It was only the third time this season Hubler finished out of the top spot.

“On his last three jumps he was unable to complete two of them. He just completely collapsed because of the pain,” said STHS track and field coach Rick Brown.

Hubler attempted to continue competing without treatment, but a meet official made him ice his ankle after his painful fourth jump.

“Elliott’s one of those who tries to work through pain, instead of getting it taken care of,” Brown said.

Quentin Turner of Norma, Okla., won the event with a 46-0 effort, which is six inches shorter than Hubler’s high-school best. Brian Maciolek of El Paso, Texas, was second at 45-11 and Robert James of Sierra Vista, Ariz., came in third at 45-4.

Notably, Hubler avenged his recent state championship defeat to Charles Ehizuelen of Cimarron Memorial in Las Vegas. Ehizuelen’s best hop, skip and jump was 43-9 in the eight-man competition.

The jumpers received a minute reprieve from the weather.

“It was 107 degrees down there, but by the time they started jumping it had cooled off to 98,” Brown said.

Ashley Fienberg of Reed High in Sparks didn’t come close to equaling her national pole vault record of 12-7 at the state meet, but she won with a 12-2 mark and took home the meet’s outstanding athlete trophy.

The meet brought together the top track and field talent from Nevada, Oklahoma, Texas, Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.

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