Golden Eagle freshman was All-Evergreen League in track

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
Caroline Ristuccia, a Golden Eagle Charter School freshman, cleared 4-8 to earn a varsity third place medal in the high jump at the Northern Section Finals May 30 in Cottonwood.

Golden Eagle Charter School freshman Caroline Ristuccia moved up from JV to varsity competition midway through the 2014 high school track and field season. By season's end she had won two varsity high jump championships and was one of only five freshman girls to place top five in an individual event at the NSCIF Finals.

Her school’s only track competitor, Caroline placed 1st in high jump at both the Evergreen League and Northern Section Division IV meets. She also placed 3rd in the EL 200m race.

In her final meet of the season, she tied for 3rd and received a medal on the podium at the Northern Section Finals May 30 in Cottonwood.

Caroline’s Golden Eagle coach, Oudone Ngouyaphanh, said, “She has a lot of natural talent, and I want to bring out the best of her ability.”

She set her personal best in the high jump in her first high school meet, clearing 4-11 in late March.

She had three meets in a row at 4-6 in the middle of the season, but moved up from JV to varsity in late April.

Ngouyaphanh said she “built back up” to 4-8 and 4-10 during the championship meet part of the season. “She likes to compete, and if she gets pressed it brings out the best in her,” he said.