It seems entirely appropriate that Audra Puckrin is making improvements by leaps and bounds in the high school track event where doing so matters most.
For the second time in two weeks, Geneva’s junior long jumper shattered the Ashtabula County record in that event by jumping 18-6 in Wednesday’s Premier Athletic Conference dual meet against South. That extended her own record of 17-11 established April 13 in another PAC dual meet against Riverside.
Actually, her record-setting effort was the highlight of a stellar day for Puckrin as she helped lead the Eagles to a 73-50 victory over the Rebels at the GaREAT Complex. In addition, she won the 100-meter hurdles in 16.53, the 300-meter hurdles in 48.7 and ran the second leg of the victorious 1600-meter relay with Laurisa Rosado, Emily O’Dell and Hailey VanHoy in 4:20.5.
Puckrin’s victory in the 100-meter hurdles helped her reach her new standard in the long jump. Her opening jump of 16-11 matched her personal record ranging back to the 2010 season, but she had to leave the long jump to run the hurdles.
“Coach (Bob) McQuoid told me after I ran the hurdles that it would get me warmed up for the long jump,” she said. “I think it did help.
“I tried to do it again on my last jump (and went 17-7). I was satisfied.”
McQuoid was quite impressed with Puckrin’s entire day.
“She had an awesome jump,” he said. “In fact, I think she had an awesome day.”
Puckrin might even have performed too well for her own good. In running the 300-meter hurdles for the first time, her sizzling time probably earned her a spot in that race for the rest of the season.
“(Assistant) Coach Lisa (Newsome) said I’m probably in it for the rest of the year,” she said. “I don’t really like it, but she wants me to keep going.”
She can now set her sights on other objectives in the long jump. Can 19 feet be that far away?
“(Assistant) Coach (Dave) Yost thinks (it’s possible),” Puckrin said. “I just want to concentrate on consistently getting into the 18s.”
Bob McQuoid won’t sell Puckrin short.
“Audra’s come in with a different attitude this year,” he said. “She’s worked really hard.
“I think the sky’s the limit.”