April 28, 1999 |
Onya Dayne might not be nearly as frightening with a football tucked under her arm, but the Overbrook senior has something in common with her older brother: Like Ron, Onya is pretty handy with a discus. During Saturday's Rowland Relays, the younger Dayne threw the discus 105 feet, 8 inches to help Overbrook's discus-relay team win the Division III title. Ron Dayne, who still owns the state record in the discus (216-11), has gone on to greater fame on the football field. A junior at Wisconsin, Dayne figures to threaten the all-time NCAA Division I-A rushing record held by a certain dreadlocked back with whom Philadelphia fans were quite smitten (Dayne needs 1,716 yards this season to break the record that Texas' Ricky Williams set last year)
April 25, 1998 |
Christer Hagberg came out for warm-ups in the college men's discus competition outside Franklin Field, saw that the wind was in the throwers' faces, and figured it would be a great day. Huh? "Usually there is a tailwind here, and that's the worst possible wind for a thrower," said Hagberg, a senior from Manhattan by way of Sweden who won the college men's discus championship for the second straight year at the Penn Relays. "The discus carries better into a head wind. It has something to do with aerodynamics.
June 8, 1995 |
Matt Klaus has been more than just a little busy this spring, but that's business as usual for the Haddon Township senior. Klaus, who is headed to Syracuse on a football scholarship this fall, captured the Group 2 state championships in both the shot put and discus last weekend. With his schedule, it's amazing Klaus even remembered how to throw, much less put the shot 57 feet, 2 1/4 inches and fling the discus 155-4. Klaus has spent most of the spring in the weight room, adhering to a lifting program that the Syracuse coaches gave him. That gives him little time to practice the shot put and the discus, but he still manages some training.
May 8, 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.
May 21, 1996 |
Most discus throwers aim for the middle of the sector but really just concentrate on technique and throwing as far as possible. Overbrook's Ron Dayne is different. He has been able to reach distances so great that he must now focus on hitting the middle of the sector. Or else most of the sectors where he throws won't be able to contain his heaves. Yesterday, Dayne again extended his state record with a throw of 208 feet to easily capture his second straight discus title in the Olympic Conference track and field championships at Overbrook.
April 9, 1995 |
Ray Wilks anchored Bridgeton to two records in field events yesterday as the Bulldogs defended their Group 3 team title at the 52d annual David S. Bewick Memorial Bridgeton Relays. Wilks, a senior headed to the University of Connecticut, combined with Lou Gordon to set a meet record in the shot put with a total of 117 feet, 3 3/4 inches. He and Gordon broke their own meet record of 112-1 1/2, set last year. Wilks and Terrin Walker produced a combined total of 309-11 in the discus relay to surpass the previous record of 303-3, set last year by Wilks and Andy Bodine.
May 18, 1996 |
For Glen Mills' weight men, the only pressure comes with trying too hard to win. "You have to try to come out and have fun," Pete Govens said after he finished second to teammate Damian Jones in the discus throw at the District 1 track and field championships yesterday at Coatesville. "If you come out to beat everybody, you won't do as good. " The 1-2 finish by Jones and Govens gave the Bulls an 18-point jump start toward another Class AAA boys' team title. For Jones, his winning throw of 170 feet settled unfinished business.
April 24, 1992 |
Katrin Koch took a big step to what she hopes will be a busy summer yesterday by winning the women's discus-throw championship at the Penn Relays for the third consecutive year. Koch, a senior from Indiana, unfurled a throw of 175 feet, 8 inches on her next-to-last throw to outdistance Danielle Mitchell of Louisiana State by a mere seven inches. It was her best throw ever at the Penn Relays. "I really look forward to coming here," Koch said. "I like the atmosphere of it. There's always a good field, but this year was the best field in the four years I've been here.
April 20, 1997 |
Inclement weather Friday kept the girls' throwing records at the Woodbury Relays intact for one more day. But it couldn't rain forever. Yesterday, the weather cleared and the field events that were postponed a day took place. And as Delsea's Jamine Moton and Shawnee's Helen Labosky threw their way to titles, the two chucked a pair of dusty records as well. "It's my last Woodbury Relays, so I might as well leave with something," Moton said. Moton won the discus and shot put, both times finishing one place ahead of Melinda Boykin of Bridgeton.
May 9, 2001 |
These days, when the pain is intense, Mia Williams expects good things to happen. In fact, "I grew to love the pain," said Williams, a senior discus thrower at Atlantic City. "It's good pain. " The pain is in Williams' left shoulder, the result of a dislocation and torn cartilage she suffered during a spill last season. But the righthanded thrower still feels the injury when she rotates her torso on the windup. And it's a "good" pain because Williams on Monday recorded a school-record toss of 119 feet in a tri-meet with Mainland and Ocean City.