Panthers' Vetter Not Just Online, But In Line For Discus Title

Posted: May 08, 1997

If anyone would like to find out a little more about throwing the discus, just ask Jamie Vetter. Or better yet, call up Vetter's Web site.

That's right, the 6-foot-1, 185-pound Strath Haven senior created his own Web site on throwing the discus. It offers every discus statistic imaginable, with world-record progressions.

Vetter's computer site has been online since Feb. 10, and it has been used 1,100 times, he said. He receives e-mail from across the country from throwers complimenting him on the information he provides.

On the field, Vetter has been receiving compliments as well.

He is the favorite to win the District 1 Class AAA title in the discus when the championships are held May 16 and 17 at Coatesville. He has consistently thrown in the mid- to high 150s this season, and his throw of 170 feet in the Raider Classic last week is the best in the area.

That throw broke the meet record by 22 feet.

Considered small for a discus thrower, Vetter uses leg strength and form to generate the speed for his explosive throws. He can lift 225 pounds in the power clean and 400 in the squat.

Last summer, Vetter worked strictly on technique, and it could pay off with a state title.

``Jamie's real goal is to win the state title,'' Panthers field coach Bill Coren said. ``I think he would be satisfied with a state medal. He's not going to throw anything but discus for the rest of the year, and he has not hit a big-time throw yet. I think he really has a chance to throw 180. He really does.''

Vetter could face a huge challenge at the state level from Mike Dysput, from Governor Mifflin High School near Reading, who has thrown 183 feet. But challenges are nothing new to Vetter.

His father, a test pilot for Boeing Vertol, was killed in a plane crash when Vetter was 6 years old. His mother raised him and his two sisters.

A family friend, Ed Bradway, introduced Vetter to the discus when he was in eighth grade. Vetter was frustrated at first, but grew to like throwing.

``Ed showed me how good I can be,'' Vetter said. ``Every year, I would go to another camp and I saw myself getting better. Things are looking good, but I'm not stopping here. I think I'm capable of throwing in the 190s, and I'm focusing towards the state title. That's the goal for me.''

Halsey to Temple. Jermaine Halsey, winner of the state indoor championship in the 800-meter run and a leading contender for the outdoor title, signed a letter of intent with Temple in late April. The Penn Wood senior chose Temple over East Stroudsburg, Widener and Florida A&M.

Winning the state indoor 800 sealed the deal for Halsey. He was timed in 1 minute, 57.30 seconds, beating Tim Gerhardt of Cheltenham and creating a scholarship situation.

``I'm very happy,'' Halsey said. ``My goal for these years running track was to get a scholarship. I'm not too far from home. I never thought I'd be going to Temple. I got a call two or three days after I won the state indoor championship, and Coach [Chuck] Alexander offered me the scholarship.''

Halsey's major will be civil engineering.

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