PR’s for Warwick at State Meet

By on June 1, 2016


Warwick’s Eric Garner prepares to release a javelin throw in the State Championships at Shippensburg University last Saturday. Garner placed ninth in the Triple-A competition with a heave of 187 feet, 10 inches. (Photo by Mike Shull)

Warwick’s Eric Garner prepares to release a javelin throw in the State Championships at Shippensburg University last Saturday. Garner placed ninth in the Triple-A competition with a heave of 187 feet, 10 inches. (Photo by Mike Shull)

Eric Garner extended his streak.

In each week of the track and field post-season, including the PIAA State Championships last weekend at Shippensburg University, the Warwick junior fired off a PR throw in the javelin.

When all was said and done, Garner added more than six feet to his personal-best in that event.

Unfortunately, however, his heave of 187-10 last Saturday left him a mere 10 inches short of bringing home his first State medal. He placed ninth, one spot from the medal podium behind Palmyra’s eighth-place finisher Alex Hoffsmith (188-8).

“I was a little upset I didn’t place,” Garner said, “but I couldn’t be angry with how I was throwing.”

Garner was one of 11 Warwick athletes who competed at States, and although they didn’t win any PIAA hardware, there were some silver linings.

The girls 4×400 relay, consisting of Deirdre White, Sam Shields, Leah Graybill and Emily Williamson overcame sweltering 90-degree temperatures to run a PR time of 3:59.04 while placing 19th.

“We were glad to end the season on a PR,” freshman anchor Williamson said. “We were definitely confident in ourselves. We all had goals of PR’ing in our own splits, and we just wanted to go out there and leave everything we had on the track.”

Kate Dickow ended her freshman season with a solid 13th-place finish in 11:05.76. That was just a shade over her season-best time of 11:05.74 at Districts just one week earlier.

“Thirteenth-place is impressive,” Warwick coach Alex Daecher said. “The most impressive thing is, she’s the fastest freshman in the State at the 3200. She is a tough kid. Eight times around a track is physically and mentally grueling. She’s one tough cookie.”

Senior Ian Harpel posted a season-PR in the 400 prelims, crossing the finish line in 50.00 seconds. He was seeded 23rd in 50.33 seconds.

“I was pretty happy with the 50-flat,” said Harpel, whose lifetime PR of 49.2 came at Districts last year. “I was a little disappointed that I didn’t advance to the finals, but I knew that I had to run pretty fast to get there and I got a PR, so that was pretty good for me.”

Garner was certainly pretty good in the javelin, reaching at least 185 feet on four of his throws. Two of those were in the trials, including 187-6 which earned him the No. 9 seed for the finals.

“I felt good about how I was throwing (going into finals),” he said. “I was just trying to stay relaxed and be prepared for a good throw.”

On his second throw of the finals, Garner achieved a new PR of 187-10 &tstr; shattering his previous best of 187-7 while winning District gold.

Leading up to his final throw, however, Garner admitted to feeling a little bit of pressure trying to overtake Hoffsmith for eighth.

“I really felt like it was my last throw of the year for the (high school) season and I really wanted it, so I feel like I tried to put a lot into it and it just messed me up,” Garner said.

His final attempt went for a distance of 185-3.

“(Eric)’s been throwing consistent, he’s been throwing over 185,” Daecher said. “He needed to pop a 190 to get a medal, but he didn’t throw poorly at all. He threw great. It’s just that people threw a little better. He didn’t do anything wrong. He went and did his best, he looked great, his throws looked good. You can only control what you can do, and he did that. It just ended up not being enough for a medal … He’s got another year to go and he’s got things to look forward to.”

With Friday’s 4×400 relay prelims canceled due to storms, teams were re-seeded and all four heats were held on Saturday, with the top eight times earning medals. The Lady Warriors placed second in their heat in 3:59.04, behind only South Western (3:57.02), who placed 17th overall.

“Even though it was real hot, we tried not to focus so much on that and just focused on what we came there to do, which was to run,” Williamson said.

Mount Lebanon took the eighth and final medal in 3:52.83, about 10 seconds behind State champ Penn Wood, who finished in 3:42.67.

The Warrior boys 4×400 relay, including Noah Shettel, Daniel Gates, Drayk Cassamajor, and Harpel, took 26th place in 3:29.32. They entered States seeded 27th in 3:26.94.

“We didn’t run our best,” Harpel said, “but everyone gave it their best, so I was pretty happy with what we did.”

Their finish was seven seconds behind the eighth-place medalist Upper Darby (3:19.90). Downingtown West took the gold in 3:15.50.

Harpel also competed in the 200 at States, advancing to the semi-finals with his time of 22.84 seconds in Friday’s preliminaries.

“That was an OK time,” he said. “I think my start was a little slow, so I was actually pretty happy that I made it to semi-finals.”

There, although Harpel was unable to punch his ticket to the finals, he was pleased with his 22.55.

“That was a very decent time &tstr; it was actually my second-fastest time ever,” Harpel said. “I think the only other better time I’ve had was 22.47, which was wind-aided (at last year’s Black Knight Inv.).”

Shettel also competed in Friday’s boys triple jump and placed 17th at 43-7 1/2.


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