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April 28, 1999 | By Scott Brown, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
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)
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April 25, 1998 | By Joe Juliano and Marcia C. Smith, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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June 8, 1995 | By John McBride, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT Correspondent Jeff Offord also contributed to this report
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.
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May 8, 1997 | By Joe Santoliquito, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
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.
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May 21, 1996 | By John McBride, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
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.
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April 9, 1995 | By Joey Culligan, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
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.
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May 18, 1996 | By Frank Bertucci, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
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.
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April 24, 1992 | By Joe Juliano, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER Staff writer Tim Panaccio contributed to this article
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.
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April 20, 1997 | By Ken Sugiura, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
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.
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May 9, 2001 | By Kristian Pope INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
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.
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July 10, 2016 | By Elliott Denman, For The Inquirer
EUGENE, Ore. - When former West Catholic High School and University of Southern California star Nia Ali claimed a place in the women's 100-meter hurdles final with a 12.68 second place in her semifinal Friday afternoon at the Olympic trials, it proved to be just the beginning. Two hours later, she turned in the real shocker. In the day's final event, Ali ran the race of her life - placing third in the 100 final in the best time of her life, 12.55 - to win a Rio berth. Brianna Rollins (12.39)
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April 27, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, STAFF WRITER
Penn discus thrower Sam Mattis admits that he never starts a season out too well, maybe because he's "not totally in it yet. " But in his first throw of the 2016 season, on a cold and raw day last month at the Philadelphia Collegiate Classic at Penn, Mattis uncorked a spectacular heave that got noticed from coast to coast, and identified him as a prime contender for a berth later this year on the U.S. team for the Rio Olympics. On his 22nd birthday, the 6-foot-1, 240-pound senior threw 221 feet, 3 inches in his initial attempt, the best ever by an American college athlete.
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June 19, 2015 | By Laine Higgins, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's been a long time since an Ivy League thrower claimed the discus crown at the NCAA championship meet - 66 years to be exact. On Friday, Penn's Sam Mattis ended that drought, winning the men's discus event at the University of Oregon's Hayward Field with a throw of 62.48 meters (205 feet, 0 inches). Yale's Victor Frank won the discus in 1949 with a best throw of 168-91/2. In his first five attempts in the circle, Mattis was maddeningly consistent, throwing for 61 meters each time.
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June 15, 2013 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
No great shot putter ever threw the discus better than Jess Woodard. No great discus thrower ever performed better in the shot put. "It's the combination that makes her so special," Cherokee throws coach John McMichael said of Woodard's two-event excellence. Woodard capped an incredible high school career with an incredible senior season at Cherokee. She is The Inquirer's South Jersey girls' track and field athlete of the year for 2013. "I'm humbled by it," Woodard said. "I love track so much, and to be able to work so hard and perform so well, it's such a blessing.
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June 7, 2013 | By Nick Carroll, Inquirer Staff Writer
SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J. - Cherokee senior Jess Woodard slowly walked away after her final discus throw Wednesday at the Meet of Champions in South Plainfield. Woodard, who locked up her third straight title in the meet, was waiting to hear that she had made history. The throw ended up going 161 feet, 1 inch, good for a meet record but short of her 168-foot throw in the group finals Saturday and short of the state record, 172-2. She met her father off the field after retrieving her disc, and shed some tears.
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May 5, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Columnist
Senior Josh Awotunde thought he would be throwing spirals well past his days at Delsea Regional, but his plans were intercepted as early as his freshman year. Awotunde was the strong-armed and hard-to-bring-down, 6-foot-2, 230-pound quarterback and defensive lineman for Delsea's team that went 11-1 and won the South Jersey Group 3 championship in the fall. Awotunde went out for track as a freshman, hoping to be a sprinter and improve his speed for football. Even at his size, Awotunde can motor, but he was looking to get even faster.
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April 24, 2013 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jess Woodard is one of the most accomplished weight throwers in state history. But the Cherokee senior wants to add to her resumé with a strong performance at the Penn Relays. "I'm kind of out for vengeance," Woodard said of her approach to the 119th annual Penn Relays Track and Field Carnival, which will start Thursday at Franklin Field on the University of Pennsylvania campus. "I didn't have a good meet there last year. " Woodard, a University of Oklahoma recruit, is a two-time winner of the New Jersey Meet of Champions in the discus.
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April 22, 2013 | By Christian Hetrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pleasantville's Isaac and Jacob Clark probably could have taken it easy after the way they started the Woodbury Relays on Saturday. In the second event, the twins, along with Noah Prevard and Dagoberto Arias, tied a 37-year-old meet record for the boys' distance medley relay with a time of 10 minutes, 24.40 seconds. But the two seniors weren't satisfied with that. Teaming with Arias and Radcliffe Narinensingh, the Clarks went on to break the meet record for the 4x800-meter relay with a time of 7:54.22.
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March 20, 2013 | By Nick Carroll, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
There is an electrical box in Franklinville that looks different from most in the area. It is dented and marked up and has the signature of Josh Awotunde, who also used the blank canvas of the box to profess his NFL dreams. Awotunde is probably not going to the NFL. He did start at quarterback for Delsea, the Group 3 state champion, but his future is in another sport: track and field. Last season as a junior, Awotunde won the discus and finished fourth in the shot put at the state Group 3 championships.
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