February 11, 1999 |
Huntingdon Valley is not a regular stop on the recruiting tour for coaches from the University of Florida. It's probably safe to assume that most Florida coaches, unless they're from this area, have never heard of Lower Moreland High School. But Florida's track coaches know about Lower Moreland. Jeff Rubenstein, Lower Moreland's defending PIAA District 1 Class AA outdoor shot put and discus champion, made an oral commitment to attend Florida after his official recruiting visit last month, proving that no matter what the size of the high school, college coaches will find the athletes they want.
March 27, 1995 |
It's taken a while, but Council Rock senior Chris DiSanto may finally be getting the hang of this discus thing. DiSanto won his first gold medal at a major invitational meet when he threw the discus an even 150 feet at Saturday's Pennsylvania Track and Field Classic at Coatesville. And only the day before, in a dual meet with Central Bucks East, he had thrown just 129-11 1/2. "I was real relaxed coming in," DiSanto said. "I thought I'd have a good day, but not as good as it turned out. " DiSanto won the event the hard way, throwing his best on his sixth and last try. "I had already done 135-10 and that qualified me for districts (in May)
August 19, 2008 |
All week, Stephanie Brown Trafton had hints of the miracle that was about to occur. Brown Trafton, 28, who didn't qualify for the finals at the 2004 Olympics, and barely earned her trip to Beijing at this summer's U.S. trials and bollixed her first two attempts in qualifying, was the surprise gold-medal winner in last night's women's discus competition. Her initial toss of 212 feet, 5 inches held up throughout the steamy conditions at the National Olympic Stadium. She had made it this far only because her final qualifying attempt Friday turned out to be the round's best.
June 7, 2000 |
If Lauren Hutnick were a distance runner, she might be a touch bigger than most of the competition. If she were a sprinter, she would be a little on the small side. Hutnick, though, is a discus thrower - a state champion at that - making her downright tiny. Hutnick, a senior at Delsea, stands 5-foot-5 and weighs 126 pounds. "I've never ever seen a girl who actually threw further than her weight," Delsea throwing coach Sal Marchese said. "It's a tribute to her work ethic and determination.
May 28, 2005 |
Polite and polished as a guard at Buckingham Palace, Central Bucks East's Bradley Vierling is all fury and focus on the football field and in the discus circle. The Vanderbilt University football recruit says he doesn't plan to throw the discus again in a meet after his high school career. Football in the ultra-intense Southeastern Conference will take most of his athletic concentration and commitment. But Vierling made his final discus competition a memorable and marvelous one. The 6-foot-4, 280-pound senior sent the discus 159 feet, 10 inches yesterday at Shippensburg University, to win a Class AAA seventh-place medal.
May 15, 1995 |
Erica Waller is the student council president, a member of the school newspaper committee, and an all-around popular figure in the halls of Harry S Truman High School. "Everyone knows Erica," Truman girls' track coach Ken Saunders said. "She is well-liked by students and teachers. She is very active in school. " The senior has gained the most acclaim in track and field. At the District 1 championships this Friday and Saturday at Coatesville, Waller will try to defend her Class AAA title in the discus and compete for high honors in the shot put. In Saturday's Suburban One League Patriot Division championships at Neshaminy, Waller won the shot put with a distance of 37 feet, 8 3/4 inches.
April 24, 1993 |
Three years ago, Brian Milne was diagnosed as having Hodgkin's disease. Yesterday, he won the college men's discus at the Penn Relays for Penn State. This fall, he wants to play football for Joe Paterno's Nittany Lions. Milne, whose budding football and track career was derailed by cancer in his senior year of high school, threw the discus 196 feet, 5 inches yesterday to earn the first major victory of his collegiate career. "Believe it or not, I actually went to bed Thursday night and said to myself, 'I'm going to dream about me winning here,' " said Milne, a redshirt sophomore.
May 15, 1997 |
Lynlee Phillips wasn't expected to do much in the Olympic Conference track and field championships yesterday at Cherokee High - just win all three throwing events, and do so impressively. With those expectations on her shoulders, it would be understandable if the Shawnee sophomore slipped up, at least once. She didn't. Phillips took care of the discus and javelin crowns on her first throw in each event, and she got better with each put of the shot, ending up better than the rest of the conference.
May 11, 2000 |
Aaron Braxton has bench-pressed 420 pounds, a Kingsway school record. However, scooping up a remote control or a book have been just as important to his development into one of South Jersey's dominant and most consistent throwers. Braxton, a tree trunk of a senior at 6 feet and 295 pounds, is as much student as athlete when it comes to the discus and the shot put. "He's a perfect student of throwing," said Russ Cathan, Kingsway's veteran throwing coach. "He reads a lot of books, and he watches a lot of tape.
April 24, 1996 |
George School senior Diana Ashton kind of just fell into track and field. Now, she has fallen in love with it. Ashton was approached by girls' track coach Debbie DiMicco and decided to give it a shot last season. Now after a year under the wing of girls' throwing coach Dave Satter-thwaite, Ashton has set school records in the shot put, javelin and discus. In a meet against Pennington Prep, the Hun School and Solebury School on April 12, she set school records in the javelin, with a throw of 103 feet, 3 inches, and the discus (97-2 1/2)