Hojnacki repeats as girls' shot put champ in District 1 AAA

North Penn's Gift Omo-Ekpadi reaches the finish line just ahead of Truman's Bobby Hill in a preliminary heat of the 100 meters. The meet concludes Sunday at Coatesville. LAURENCE KESTERSON / For The Inquirer
North Penn's Gift Omo-Ekpadi reaches the finish line just ahead of Truman's Bobby Hill in a preliminary heat of the 100 meters. The meet concludes Sunday at Coatesville. LAURENCE KESTERSON / For The Inquirer
Posted: May 19, 2014

Taylor Hojnacki's second preliminary throw fell short of her usual mark, causing the Central Bucks South senior to retreat to Coatesville's adjacent practice area.

She had already secured a place in Saturday afternoon's Class AAA shot-put final at the District 1 track and field championship. But the defending champion said she wanted to perfect the way she turns her hips in the middle of the circle.

Hojnacki extended her left hand straight ahead. She pretended to hold a shot close to her chin in her right hand. Her body spun swiftly and she hurled the imaginary shot forward.

Her technique fine-tuned, Hojnacki returned to the competition area. She opened the final round with three throws of more than 40 feet. No other competitor reached that distance. Hojnacki cruised to another title.

"It's great to be able to come back and repeat," Hojnacki said. Her winning mark was 42 feet, 21/4 inches. "It's a great feeling. I had a little pressure. Being first, everyone is coming after you."

Hojnacki will return to Coatesville on Sunday to defend her crown in the discus final. Hojnacki finished last season as state champion in the discus and was ninth in the shot put.

She planned to practice a few discus throws on Saturday afternoon with her coach. It would make her comfortable, she said, before returning for the championship. And it will surely solidify her technique, which she is hopeful will bring her another title.

Andre jumps to a win. Upper Darby's Claudine Andre entered Saturday as Class AAA's No. 1 seed in both the girls' long jump and triple jump. The senior won the long jump with a mark of 19-11/2 and finished eighth in the high jump with a mark of 5-3.

Council Rock South's Shannon Taub won the high jump with a mark of 5-5. The top 10 finishers qualified for the state championship next weekend in Shippensburg.

Dock rolls. Christopher Dock's Bailey Kratz and Aondofa Anyam both won district titles. Kratz, a junior, captured first place in the Class AA girls' long jump with a 17-11/2 mark. The junior will also enter Sunday as the top seed in the 100-meter dash. Anyam won the Class AA boys' triple jump with a 41-81/2 jump. The senior was a second-team all-state selection last basketball season.

Johnson edges to title. A few days after signing a letter of intent to attend Connecticut, Central Bucks South's Randall Johnson captured the District. 1 boys' Class AAA high jump. The senior recorded a mark of 6-7.


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