Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Dvorsak Jumping at Titles Injuries in the Past for Blackhawk Senior

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Dvorsak Jumping at Titles Injuries in the Past for Blackhawk Senior

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Know the line that goes, "If he didn't have bad luck, he wouldn't have any at all"? For most of the past 12 months, it has applied to Brian Dvorsak.

A senior at Blackhawk High School, Dvorsak missed most of the past football season with a broken bone in his right leg that required surgery. Track season a year ago was a disaster after a hip pointer injury made it tough for him to just walk.

"Yeah, it hasn't been good," Dvorsak said with a sigh.

Things are looking up, however. Dvorsak recently set the Blackhawk record in the triple jump, is closing in on the school mark in the long jump and hopes to earn a medal or two at the WPIAL Class AAA championships on May 20.

Going into yesterday's track qualifiers, Dvorsak had top marks in the long and triple jumps in the Beaver County area. He won the triple jump at the Midwestern Athletic Conference championships two weeks ago at Mars, beating out a strong field. He was also sixth in the long jump at the MAC meet.

His distance of 44 feet, 6 1/2 inches at the MAC meet also set the Blackhawk record, beating the old mark of 43-7 set by Jon McCarter.

Dvorsak's best effort in the long jump has been 21-8 1/4. The Blackhawk recordin that event is 22-1 3/4.

What's interesting is that the long jump, not the triple jump, has always been Dvorsak's premier event.

"I set goals for myself this year and one of them was to get the school record in the long jump and go over 22 feet," he said.

"I know I'm capable. The thing is that I really didn't set any goals in the triple jump and that's the one that I've really come on in lately.

"I was jumping in the 39s [in the triple jump] and then gradually go up into the 42s. And then I came up with that 44 at the MAC meet."

It's surprising he has done so well in the jumping events, given the fact he had a metal plate and seven screws inserted into his right leg to repair the broken bone.

Dvorsak knew he would be able to compete in track because he made it back and played in the final 40 seconds of Blackhawk's final football game against Pine-Richland.

"They didn't think I'd have any problems and I haven't," he said. "My leg is a little stiff and sore after a meet, but it doesn't bother me or anything when I'm jumping. …

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