SHIPPENSBURG – Coughlin senior Erik Kemmerer had just one word to use when describing the outcome of Friday’s Class 3A discus finals – “depressing.”
Kemmerer was the second seed in the discus heading into the PIAA Track and Field Championships at Shippensburg’s Seth Grove Stadium, but a series of miscues caused a breakdown, and even from the stands the frustration on the senior’s face was evident.
“It just wasn’t his day,” said Coughlin head coach Paul McGrane. “There’s nothing you can do when that happens, you just have to go with it.”
A seventh-place finish with a top throw of 159-10 was the best Kemmerer could do after fouling on his first attempt of the final round of throws. His second toss strayed from the middle of the zone and landed off target, failing to receive a mark.
But as Kemmerer made trip after trip over to the edge of the roped-off area that contained McGrane, assistant throwing coach Jason Majoris and his father, it was clear that he was searching for some reason why his throws were going awry.
“For some reason I didn’t have it today, and no matter what I did to change or tweak my form, it wasn’t working,” said Kemmerer. “My form was just bad, there was no aggression in my throws and I wasn’t pulling through – there was just no intensity.”
With one last throw left in the bank, Kemmerer pulled it together and tossed his final attempt 159-feet, 10-inches – not enough to crack the top three but enough to remain in the medal standings.
“All I can say is that it’s depressing,” said Kemmerer. “I wanted to place in the top three, but (Hempfield Area senior) Wes Banks was throwing really well, and even (Whitehall senior) Andy Fahringer was on, considering his elbow injury. I knew all it was going to take was one throw, though. So I composed myself and let it fly.”
Banks threw 180-5 to claim state gold in the event, while Fahringer tossed an equally impressive 178-0 to come in second.
NOTES: GAR’s 400-meter relay team comprised of Rob Hadvance, Ryan Womack, Breone Phillips and Lance Todd advanced to today’s Class 2A championship round with a third-place finish in the preliminary round.
The season-best time of 43.74 was good enough to put the Grenadiers into the next round today, with the event tentatively scheduled for 1:20 p.m.
Lake-Lehman’s Justin Amy also advanced to today’s Class 2A final round by placing third in the preliminary heat (1:59.28).
Amy will run in the 800-meter finals at Seth Grove Stadium today at 2 p.m.
Here’s a look at how the Wyoming Valley Conference athletes fared on Friday at the PIAA Track and Field Championships at Shippensburg University.
TRIPLE JUMP – Devon Kornak, Dallas, 24th (DNQ) 41-4
100 -- Tiaghee Daughtry, Tunkhannock, 5th in heat (DNQ) 11.40
400 -- Randy Pajovich, Berwick, 5th in heat (DNQ) 50.73
DISCUS -- Erik Kemmerer, Coughlin, 7th, 159-10, final.
200 -- Eric Fay, Pittston Area, 7th in heat (DNQ) 23.56
3200 RELAY -- Lake-Lehman, 8th (DNQ) 8:22.79.
TRIPLE JUMP -- Ryan Womack, GAR, 19th (DNQ), 40-10; Scott Summa, Lake-Lehman, 24th, (DNQ) 39-1.5
SHOT PUT – Russell Dehaut, GAR, 20th (DNQ) 44-11
400 -- Shawn Jones, GAR 7th in heat (DNQ) 53.17
400 RELAY – GAR, 3rd in heat (SQS) 43.74
300 HURDLES – Dustin Barrett, Wyoming Area, 4th in heat (DNQ) 43.90
800 -- Justin Amy, Lake-Lehman, 3rd in heat (SQS) 1:59.28
JAVELIN – Jordan Saville, Wyoming Area, 15th (DNQ) 165-01.
DNQ – did not qualify for today’s final rounds.
SQS – met the state qualifying standard for the final round.