Chiawana's Ruiz to Junior Olympics - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Chiawana's Ruiz to Junior Olympics

Posted: Updated:
  • Prep SportsHigh SchoolMore>>

  • 2014 High School Football Schedule on SWX

    HS Football Broadcasts

    Check inside to see the broadcast lineup for the 2014 high school football season on SWX! This year promises to be the best year yet for SWX, with games viewable in HD in many areas around the region.>>
    Check inside to see the broadcast lineup for the 2014 high school football season on SWX! This year promises to be the best year yet for SWX, with games viewable in HD in many areas around the region.
    >>
  • Wapato Football Coach Named "Coach of the Week"

    Wapato Football Coach Named "Coach of the Week"

    Thursday, September 11 2014 6:21 PM EDT2014-09-11 22:21:02 GMT
    Congratulations to Wapato Wolves varsity head football coach, Brian Hake (hay-kee), for being selected as “Coach of the Week” by the Seattle Seahawks and the Washington State Football Coaches Association. Coach Hake guided the Wolves to a 40-20 victory over Columbia-Burbank during the season opener at home on September 5. >>
    Congratulations to Wapato Wolves varsity head football coach, Brian Hake (hay-kee), for being selected as “Coach of the Week” by the Seattle Seahawks and the Washington State Football Coaches Association. Coach Hake guided the Wolves to a 40-20 victory over Columbia-Burbank during the season opener at home on September 5. >>
  • Former Bullpup Sankey Scores TD In First NFL Game

    Former Bullpup Sankey Scores TD In First NFL Game

    Sunday, August 10 2014 11:22 PM EDT2014-08-11 03:22:47 GMT
     Former Gonzaga Prep Bullpup Bishop Sankey made the most of his first NFL game.>>
     Former Gonzaga Prep Bullpup Bishop Sankey made the most of his first NFL game.>>
PASCO, Wash. - This week, Chiawana High School's Roman Ruiz is doing something he never imagined. 

"I never really saw myself going all the way to Texas for track," says Ruiz.

But that's exactly what he's doing: heading to the National Junior Olympics in Texas to compete in the Decathlon. What makes it even more impressive is that he's new to the sport.

"I never really thought about it until this year," says Ruiz. "My coach brought it up again, since I was improving a lot in hurdles and pole vault, which are big point scorers. Thought it'd be fun, and thought it was a good idea. I threw [discus] in middle school, and did events in high school, too."

The Decathlon consists of 10 events, and Ruiz has been training non-stop. But once he arrives on-site, he says he's going to center himself.

"The first couple days I'll be resting, since I don't compete until later days. I'll probably just get pumped-up, then I'll just want to get it done."