Ron Poniewasz Jr.
New Castle News
NEW CASTLE —
Wilmington High track and field standout Jon Yohman tuned up for the district championship meet in a big way Saturday.
Yohman won two events for the Greyhounds at the Mercer County Athletic Conference Invitational. The event was hosted by Hickory High School.
Hannah Drake won two events (long jump, triple jump) for the Lady Greyhounds.
There were no team scores for the meet.
A senior, Yohman claimed crowns in the shot put and discus events. He broke the meet record and school mark with his toss of 61-2 1/4 in the shot put. Yohman held the old record set at 62-1 earlier in the year.
Yohman won the discus title with a heave of 171-11.
“Jon did an outstanding job,” Greyhounds coach J.R. McFarland said. “He’s on track to qualify for the sate meet.
“Jon is a real hard worker. He has goals in mind and he never takes a day off. He’s always out there working hard and he always wants to do better. He’s a great competitor; I know he’ll be working hard this week and next week.”
Wilmington’s Tyler Donati captured the javelin title at 169-8, while taking fifth in the shot put at 46-9.
“It wasn’t a particularly good day to throw the javelin,” McFarland said. “Under good conditions, we’re looking for him to improve.”
Ian Behm was second in the javelin for the Greyhounds with a toss of 155-2 and Stefan Pontius was sixth in the high jump at 5-8.
David Perrine claimed eighth place in the triple jump at 39-10.
Dwight Scott placed fourth in the 100 (11.66) and third in the 300 hurdles (41.71).
Wilmington’s 1600-meter boys relay team of Daniel Rhodes, Brandon Slicker, Scott and Morgan Logan finished sixth in 3:37.24.
Cody Buchanan took seventh in the 3200 in 10:36.73 for the Greyhounds.
On the girls side, Drake, a sophomore, took first in the long jump (15-7) and first in the triple jump (35-7) for Wilmington.
“Hannah has had a very strong year,” said McFarland, who coaches the Lady Greyhounds as well. “She’s consistently jumping very well in both jumping events.”
Julie Falvo, a junior, captured the discus championship with a heave of 118-5. She was fifth in the shot put (35-6) as well.
“Julie Falvo is doing a nice job with the discus and Jamie Thompson has worked very hard in the pole vault and the javelin,” McFarland said.
Rikki Brumbaugh was sixth in the 800 in 2:32.49 for the Lady Greyhounds and Kate Robb was eighth in the event in 2:34.08. Robb was seventh in the 1600 in 5:41.04 as well.
Hannah Winters was seventh in the 300 hurdles in 51.12 and the Lady Greyhounds’ 1600 relay team of Drake, Brumbaugh, Robb and Winters finished fourth in 4:25.39.
Winters took fifth in the javelin at 99-8 1/2 and Jamie Thompson was eighth in the event at 95-11. Thompson grabbed seventh in the pole vault at 8-6.
Tessa Sikora was fourth for the Lady Greyhounds in the high jump with a leap of 4-11 and third in the long jump at 15-2 1/2. She added a fourth-place finish in the triple jump at 32-2.
McFarland estimated that about 70 percent of the girls team and about half of the boys team has qualified to compete in Saturday’s District 10 Championships, with a spot in the state meet on the line.