New Castle News

May 20, 2013

District 10, Class AA Track and Field Championships: Wilmington’s Yohman was good as gold

Ed Farrell
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — Wilmington High’s Jon Yohman turned in a golden effort Saturday.

Yohman captured gold medals in the shot put and the discus events at the District 10, Class AA Track and Field Championships at Harbor Creek High’s Paul J. Weitz Stadium.

Yohman, a senior, notched a toss of 59-4 1/2 in the shot put and a heave of 179-8 1/2 in the discus. Despite the two championships, Yohman wasn’t totally satisfied.

“States is the place to do it, obviously. But districts is the second-biggest meet of the year,” he said. “For me to hit my best throws, I’d rather it be (at state). There is pressure, but I talked to my coach (Brandon Phillian), and, either way, I know he’ll still be proud of me even if I don’t perform well. But I’m trying to expect myself to perform well, and if I don’t I will be disappointed. But looking back on the season, I shouldn’t have any regrets with my practices and all.”

Wilmington coach J.R. McFarland acknowledged the effort put in by Yohman.

“I think the No. 1 objective Jon had was the district title in both events,” McFarland said. “Secondly, he was looking for personal bests in both of those.

“He had a very good throw in the discus. In the shot put, I think he was a little disappointed with that. It’s a district meet and he’s working for a district title. He’s happy he won titles in those, and now he’s looking forward to the state meet.”

Yohman knows his performances throughout the year has led to the spotlight shining bright on him.

“It’s just expectations of what people expect you to do,” Yohman continued. “But I don’t really listen to the other people; only listen to you and the people who support you the most like my coach and my family. I only listen to the supporters; not the people who shouldn’t have anything to do with it.

“I’m hoping for two golds (at the PIAA Championships). But like I said, there’s no regrets for this year. I put everything I had into it, and if I don’t get gold, I will be disappointed. But that’s what I’m hoping for.”

The PIAA Track and Field Championships are set for Friday and Saturday at Shippensburg University.

Wilmington senior Tyler Donati scored a gold medal in the javelin (179-4) as well for the Greyhounds.

“Tyler has continued to improve all year,” McFarland said. “He works so hard. Every year he’s gotten a little better.

“He was successful at winning a district title and that gives him some momentum going into the state meet. Tyler is very happy at winning the district title in the javelin.”

The Greyhounds’ Dwight Scott, a junior, claimed second place in the 300 hurdles in 40.49. Scott is competing in track for the first season.

“Scott had a very strong performance all year,” McFarland said. “It seems like his strongest event is the 300 hurdles and he did an outstanding job.

“For a young man coming out for track and field for the first time, this is really outstanding for him. We’re really excited about what he’s done this year.”

On the girls side, Wilmington junior Julie Falvo grabbed gold in the discus (127-4) and sophomore Hannah Drake claimed a gold in the triple jump (35-11 1/2).

“Julie has had a great year in the discus,” McFarland said. “She won the discus in every event but one. She’s working extremely hard.

“Hannah has had a strong year in the triple jump. We knew this would be a strong possibility at making the state meet. You never know if it will be enough to win the district championship, but it was. She’s excited for the state meet.”

Falvo qualified for the state meet in the shot put as well with a third-place effort of 37-3 3/4.

“She’s made a real commitment to have a strong year in both events and we’re happy for her,” McFarland said of Falvo.

The Lady Greyhounds’ 3200-meter relay team of Rikki Brumbaugh, Kate Robb, Drake and Allison Baldwin qualified for the state meet, placing second in 9:45.07.

“Their best time going in was a 9:59 and the state qualifying time is a 9:50,” McFarland said of the 3200 relay team. “They all had to drop so many seconds off their time to make that qualifying time.

“The battle was to either get second place or make the time. They not only got second place, but they dropped their time. I thought they had a very strong showing.”

Yohman’s effort helped the Greyhounds’ boys team to a fourth-place finish in the team standings. Hickory’s boys edged West Middlesex, 91-87 1/2, for the crown. Wilmington notched 45 1/2 points.

Wilmington’s girls team placed third in the team standings with 70 points. The Villa Maria girls topped West Middlesex for the girls team championship, 89-78.

“Team-wise, we knew that the girls would score high,” McFarland said. “There were a lot of possibilities, but we didn’t feel they’d win first. Your top objective is to talk to the kids and see what they wanted to go after.

“I thought the boys gave a strong showing in a tough boys field.”

With Yohman (shot put, discus), Donati (javelin) and Scott (300 hurdles) moving on for the Wilmington boys and Falvo (shot put, discus), along with the Lady Greyhounds’ Drake (triple jump) and the girls 3200 relay team advancing, McFarland is optimistic about the participants’ chances at the state meet.

“We’re really excited about all the kids that are going down there,” he said. “Just due to past experience, we’re excited about all of our kids and we’re excited about the chances at medaling.”

(Ron Poniewasz Jr. of The News contributed to this story.)