TRACK - Area kids return from states
Liberty jumper Javonte Haynes was ready, not just to compete at the PIAA State Class 3A Track and Field Championships this past weekend at Shippensburg University, but to medal, winning fifth place in the long jump.
“It felt good. My first year, and to medal, I couldn’t ask for anything more,” Haynes said.
The Hurricane junior jumped a distance of 22-1.75 on his last jump in the preliminary round.
“I’m happy I placed. That was the goal, and hopefully next year, I can come back and win this,” said Haynes.
That morning, Haynes felt prepared, so much so, that his expectation was to medal because he knew the long jump is something he is good at.
“I think I made a lot of progress thanks to my coaches helping me out with my steps and getting my heels up,” Haynes said. “I have to work on getting my legs out, and if I get my legs out, I’ll get longer distance.”
Haynes is coached by Chris D’Emilio and Andy Messa, as is Daeshawn Teague who placed 18th in the same event with a distance of 20-11.50, and Eleni Prodes, who placed 12th in the javelin with a distance of 120-10.00.
Bethlehem Catholic jumper Bobby Kulp placed 14th in the high jump with a height of 6-4.
Liz Lieb, also a jumper for the Hawks, came in 16th place in the long jump with a distance of 16-08.50 and 17th place in the triple jump with a distance of 35-06.25.
The Hawks are coached by Fred Rice.