Welch Opens Season with PR of 76’6″

The Western Ohio Officials Invitational at Ohio Northern University was the first meet of the season in Ohio, and Justin Welch (Eastwood, Pemberville, OH) wasted no time in taking the opportunity to start his season off well.

Welch, a senior headed to the University of Georgia, threw a new personal best of 76’06.00″ with the 25-pound weight.  He also placed first in the shot put.  Last year, Welch ended his season on a high note with a personal best of 76’01.00″.  He finished the year ranked third in the nation behind national weight throw record holder Conor McCullough (Chaminade, West Hills, CA) and Alec Faldermeyer (Minisink Valley, Slate Hill, NY).  With the graduation of McCullough, Welch looks to compete against Faldermeyer to be the best in the nation this year.

 Complete results can be found here.

                       Western Ohio Officials - 1/2/2010                       
                       Invitational Track and Field Meet                       
                 Ohio Northern University Sports Center~Ada OH                 
                                    Results       

Boys Weight Throw
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    Name                    Year School                  Seed     Finals  Points
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  1 Welch, Justin             12 Pemberville           24.38m   76-06.00  
  2 Harrison, Jared           11 Huber Height          15.24m   58-05.00  
  3 Baker, Derik              12 Mt. Vernon            14.32m   55-02.25  
  4 Dukes, Tyler              11 Huber Height          14.63m   50-07.00  
  5 Grant, Austin             11 Air                            50-02.25  
  6 Flanary, Sean             12 Unattached                     45-04.00  
  7 McKinney, Cory            12 Unattached            12.19m   43-10.75  
  8 Green, Nick               12 Wapakoneta            13.71m   43-07.00  
  9 Szypka, Brad              11 Genoa                          42-03.25  
 10 Hauck, Travis             11 Air                            41-05.00  
 11 Jackson, Daryll           11 Huber Height          12.80m   39-02.00  
 12 Thornton, Darien          10 Huber Height          12.80m   35-01.75  
 13 Sacksteder, Matt          10 Huber Height          10.66m   33-10.00  
 14 Rogers, Austin            10 Huber Height          10.97m   29-03.25  

Girls Weight Throw
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    Name                    Year School                  Seed     Finals  Points
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  1 Flanary, Shana            11 Unattached                     43-10.75  
  2 Pleger, Brooke            12 Saline                         42-05.75  
  3 Bierbaugh, Caitlin        12 St. Paris Gr          10.59m   37-11.50  
  4 Leppelmeier, Jackie       11 McComb                         35-08.75  
  5 Arnett, Amanda             9 Monroe                         35-06.50  
  6 Seide, Teresa             11 Huber Height          11.58m   35-01.75  
  7 Leppelmeier, Becca         9 McComb                         30-01.50  
  8 Avery, Dajsha              9 Huber Height           9.44m   29-01.75  
  9 Aversch, Kendra           11 Leipsic                        28-07.00  
 10 Torres, Estrella          11 Leipsic                        24-06.00  
 11 Dramis, Michaela          10 Huber Height           8.22m   23-03.75
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