Javelin Star Earns 3-Peat

By White, Mike | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA), May 29, 2016 | Go to article overview

Javelin Star Earns 3-Peat


White, Mike, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)


SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. - Madison Wiltrout certainly isn't at the same level as when she set a national high school record in the javelin a year ago. Having Tommy John surgery on her right elbow last summer has a lot to do with that.

But Wiltrout is still the best javelin thrower in the state. She just waited until her final throw to prove it.

Wiltrout, a junior at Connellsville High School, won the PIAA Class AAA championship Saturday at Shippensburg University for the third consecutive year. She was in third place until her sixth and final throw with a mark of 143 feet, 9 inches. She then let loose with a throw of 164-1 to easily outdistance second-place finisher Kayla Merkel of Hazleton, who threw 147-7.

Wiltrout admits she isn't 100 percent. She set the national record last year with a throw of 185-8 and set the PIAA championship meet record with a throw of 182-8. But her right elbow was injured after her record throw at Shippensburg last year.

"Honestly, I didn't care what I threw. I just wanted to win," Wiltrout said. "I think I'm stronger than what people might have thought. "

She is only the third girl to win three consecutive PIAA javelin titles in any classification. Wiltrout will compete in the U.S. Olympic Trials in July.

"Honestly, I've put the 180s in the past," she said. "I'll get back there one day. I don't know when. But for now, I'm happy with this."

ANOTHER TITLE FOR GEIST

One day after he set a championship meet record in the shot put, Knoch's Jordan Geist won the Class AAA discus Saturday with a throw of 183-0. It was more than 9 feet short of Geist's winning throw in the WPIAL championships. He became only the third athlete in PIAA history to win the shot put and discus two years in a row.

MORE GOLD FOR ABDALAH

Vincentian junior Marianne Abdalah finished second in the WPIAL Class AA 3,200. But she rebounded to win her second consecutive PIAA title with a time of 10:51.60. Eden Christian's Lauren Gronbeck beat Abdalah at the WPIAL meet, but placed fourth at the PIAA meet in 11:03. …

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