Baron athletes end season at States

By on May 28, 2014

Iosue takes 11th in discus

Manheim Central senior Sophia Iosue prepares to release her personal-best throw of 117 feet, 10 inches in the State Triple-A girls discus competition last Saturday at Shippensburg University.

Manheim Central senior Sophia Iosue prepares to release her personal-best throw of 117 feet, 10 inches in the State Triple-A girls discus competition last Saturday at Shippensburg University.

It remains to be seen if Manheim Central senior Sophia Iosue throws the discus after high school.

If so, it will be at Harvard University, where she plans to attend starting this fall.

But if her throwing career ended last Saturday at the PIAA State Triple-A Track and Field Championships, Iosue went out in positive style.

With her heave of 117 feet, 10 inches in the first of two Flights at Shippensburg University, Iosue achieved a career-best distance. She fell a little bit short of advancing to the finals, but still, Iosue placed 11th overall in her first appearance at the PIAA Meet.

“I just missed finals, but I was very, very happy (to throw a PR),” said Iosue, who went in seeded 19th in the event. “For the most part, the people who placed and medaled and stuff were considerably further than me. So I felt good knowing that I did as much as I could.”

“Sophia did a great job,” Manheim Central head coach Shane Adams said. “She threw her PR and moved up eight places.”

Overall, Iosue was one of six Manheim Central athletes who competed at States. Senior Austin Hart was 12th in the discus (145-2), sophomore Tyler Hoag took 15th place in the shot put (48-5), senior Steve Young finished 21st in the long jump (20-9!-W) and senior Nathanael Erk placed 15th in his heat in the 800-meter run (2:02.77). Senior Wade Beamesderfer competed in the long jump, but suffered an injury after his first attempt.

“It was great to see all of them compete,” Adams remarked. “They worked hard all season to get to the State meet.”

Iosue had the third-best throw in her Flight, behind only Chambersburg’s Elaine Etter and Bethel Park’s Alexandra Stevenson. At that point, she still had hopes to sneak into the finals.

Unfortunately, it was evident by the end of the first round in Flight Two that Iosue would not move on.

“I knew I had a chance,” she said. “I didn’t know how good it would be. First or second in the first Flight usually gets in &tstr; at least that’s how it was in Districts. Once you get up to States, it’s just a whole new level of competition.”

While many of the athletes were taking a full spin before releasing the discus, Iosue was still reaching competitive distances with a half-spin.

“I do a half spin, just because that’s how I learned and I haven’t mastered the full spin technique quite yet,” she commented. “It was nice knowing that I did as much as I could with what I had at that time.”

It was also nice throwing alongside Etter, with whom Iosue had competed previously.

When the Chambersburg senior launched a throw of 119-7 on her first attempt &tstr; which at that point was tops by about 20 feet &tstr; it was a boost for Iosue. Etter was fifth at the District Meet with a throw of 115-8, one spot behind fourth-place Iosue (116-10).

“We kinda knew each other and had talked and it was nice to see her PR,” Iosue said. “It kinda helped me relax and get my nerves out and I was like, ‘OK, I can do this.’”

She capitalized on that confidence while closing out her high school career with a bang.

“I was so happy,” Iosue said. “Like I said before, it’s always nice to PR at a big meet, especially because it was my senior year and the last time that I potentially could be throwing. It was nice to throw my absolute best and end on a high note.”

“I think (placing 11th) was a big accomplishment for her,” Adams said. “I hope she continues to throw in college because I think she will continue to improve and throw further.”

Bruce Morgan is the sports editor for the Lititz Record Express. He welcomes your questions and comments and can be reached at bmorgan.eph@lnpnews.com or at 721-4451.

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