FHS boys track falls just short
Freedom’s boys’ track and field team was just five points shy of a win over Easton, but the Red Rovers prevailed, 72.50-68.50, last Thursday at Freedom.
The Patriots’ first place finish came in the javelin where Skyler Graves threw a distance of 129.20.
“I was so happy. I placed a few times last year, but getting first was just amazing for me,” said Graves. “Last year, my P.R. for javelin was 115. Today I P.R.ed three times, all three throws.
“I definitely had no idea I could pull that out. I was just really motivated. I feel like, in games, I get motivated to do better ... I have a rival here, and he hit more than me, so I had to hit more than him. I’ve been working on technique a lot more; definitely technique because my strength is fine, my whip is fine.”
Patriot teammate Vincent Reph placed second in the javelin with a distance of 125.20.
In other throwing events, Tijir Bleam came in third in the shot put with a distance of 36.90, and Kaden Moore was fourth in the same event with a distance of 35.10. Moore also placed in discus, taking third with a distance of 93.08.
Freedom sprinter Kyree Marshburn took second place in the 100 in 11.40 and the 400 in 54.70, and third place in the 200 in 23.80.
In distance events, Adam Boyer placed fifth in the 800 with a time of 2:15.50, and Kevin Pollock placed fifth in the 1600 with a time of 5:09.00.
Thawadah Rock was third in the 100 hurdles in 16.40 and fourth in the 300 hurdles in 45.70, and Gabriel Caton was fourth in the 100 hurdles in 17.37 and second in the 300 hurdles in 43.30.
In relays, Caton, Marshburn, Tyler Snow, and Evan Stark placed second in the 4x4 with a time of 3:52.00, and Reph, AJ Hetcher, Xavier Smith, and Vajon Wilson placed second in the 4x1 in 48.10.
The Patriots had three third places in jumping events with Wilson in the triple jump with a distance of 39.10, Smith in the long jump with a distance of 20.04, and Alex Reji in the high jump with a 5.09.
This Thursday, Dieruff will host Freedom.