New Castle News

May 21, 2012

District 10 Track and Field: Yohman leads Wilmington teammates to PIAA meet

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — Wilmington High track and field standout Jon Yohman broke through on Saturday.

Two times.

Yohman, who has finished second to Hickory’s Matt Bell four times this season, made sure that didn’t happen this time. Yohman, a junior, won two gold medals for the Greyhounds at the District 10, Class AA Track and Field Championships at Hickory High School.

The top two finishers in each event earned an automatic spot in the PIAA Championships at Shippensburg University later this week. Also, any competitor who reached the state qualifying standard will compete for a state title as well.

Yohman claimed gold in the shot put (60-33⁄4) and the discus (171-11). Bell was second in both events.

Yohman’s toss of 171-11 in the discus is a school record, breaking his old mark of 167-9.

Tyler Donati registered a gold medal for the Greyhounds in the javelin event, notching a toss of 167-7.

Wilmington’s Bryn Kaufman placed sixth in the shot put at 51-21⁄4. Kaufman advanced to the state meet because he met the qualifying standard of 50-3.

“The exciting thing about him is this is only his second season of throwing,” McFarland said of Kaufman. “He’s done a great job in the shot as well as the discus.

“He seems to have really taken off in the shot put. It’s a very strong field in the shot put coming out of District 10.”

On the girls side, Alexis King (long jump) and Mariah Burns (triple jump) both won district championships for the Lady Greyhounds.

Burns recorded a leap of 37-0 in the triple jump to capture the gold. She was second in the long jump at 17-10.

(You can read the complete story with quotes from Wilmington coach J.R. McFarland in Monday’s print edition of The News.)