Munday’s Kristen Kuehler has seen a lot of improvement this year, breaking the discus school record with a throw of 120, then 121, 128, and then 136. She’s hoping her improvement will continue to show at the state meet.
The journey to state has been a tested one, facing and overcoming an uncommon and frightening injury. “I was walking out to Coach Corcoran after prelims and I was throwing out my final warm-ups and one of my teammates was behind me warming up,” says Kristen, “and I heard watch out and I kind of ducked and I ended up getting hit in the back and falling over. I don’t remember a lot after I got hit.”
Kristen will be the first one to tell you – this very scary moment, which thankfully resulted in simply a bruised bone, became a blessing in disguise. “I had a bad habit of bending my back or arching my back at the end of the throw, and so in warm-ups it made me stay kind of stiff and straight up. So, then I was over my right foot and able to throw a little farther.”
The multi-talented junior can also be seen on the volleyball court. She also loves to dance – taught by Coach Corcoran’s wife – and her dancer-esque poise and grace is apparent in the discus cage. “In ballet we always do a bunch of core and stepping over our right foot or left foot, and it kind of transfers into the ring where I’m over my right and then I shift over to my left.”
Her many talents don’t stop at the dance floor or the volleyball court. Kristen recently sold a pig at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo….a 270 pound pig…for one hundred thousand dollars.
“It was a lot of fun! I’ve never had that many people recognize me for something like that. So it was a bunch of fun. I got to do new things!”
She’s so grateful to her community of Munday and the high school allowing her to chase her dreams.
“Giving me the opportunity to do what I love and make myself better and just helping me through that process.”