Track notebook: Canon-Mac’s thrower dealing with banged up shoulder

PITTSBURGH – A torn labrum and strained rotator cuff couldn’t keep Canon-McMillan’s Alec Rideout from throwing the shot put and discus at yesterday’s WPIAL individual championships – he did drop the javelin from his usual routine – but his creaky shoulder did make competing difficult.

Rideout finished second in the shot put with a throw of 53 feet, 6 3/4 inches, qualifying for the PIAA meet. He was fifth in the discus with a throw of 150-5.

“That’s why I threw so bad today,” Rideout said.

The injury, Rideout said, first happened during football season when he made a tackle against Upper St. Clair. He popped the shoulder back into place but re-injured it the following week against Central Catholic.

Rideout said he tore the shoulder during wrestling season and re-aggravated the injury about four weeks ago during a tri-meet.

He dropped the javelin as a away to cope and focused more on his shot put, an event where he owns the school record.

“My form is good. Everything is there,” Rideout said. “I just have no strength to carry out the final throw.”

And the pain? Yeah, there’s plenty of that.

“It’s painful the next day,” Rideout said. “Right now, it’s just tired, and it will be painful the next day. I’ll go through treatment and practice, and it gets alright. Then another meet happens, and it goes back to being painful.”

Some good pointers

Of all the people who have given Alyssa Wise advice, Joe Phillips might be the most unlikely. But that’s what happened last year.

Phillips noticed that Wise, now a junior at Washington, was keeping her hands closed rather than open while running. That seemingly minor technical changed has helped.

“It made me more comfortable,” said Wise.

And a more comfortable Wise is a more effective Wise, who won the 100 and took second in the 200 in Class AA action yesterday.

“I’m pumping my arms stronger now,” she said.

Wise has won three WPIAL individual titles in the past two seasons and hopes to make an impact – hands open – at the state meet.

“I’m going to take this week to prepare myself,” she said. “I’m just focusing on the race.’

Unusual strength

The parents of Kailyn Clancy knew they had an exceptional child on their hands at an early eage.

Clancy, now a junior at California, surprised her mom as a 3-year-old by lifting her off the ground.

“My parents said I was a strong kid,” Clancy said. “I could pick up my mom when I was 3. My dad wouldn’t let me try to lift him.”

That strength has been developed and put to use in track and field. Clancy won two WPIAL titles – one with a 43-0 shot put and one with a 112-5 effort in the discus – at Baldwin and is looking for more gold at the state tournament.

Extra laps

Isbell was second in the 400 dash in 50.24. … Chartiers-Houston’s David Kincaid finished third in the 110 hurdles in 15.40 seconds. … Jefferson-Morgan’s Nic Santoyo was the lone Greene County qualifier He placed fourth in the javelin with a throw of 166-9.

Joe Tuscano has been with the Observer-Reporter since 1980. He has covered all sports for the newspaper, including the Steelers, Pirates, Pitt football, local college football and wrestling. He has worked for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Jeannette News-Dispatch and North Hills Record. He graduated from Duquesne University in 1980.


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