"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.