Several top Ohio throwers started the season on Friday at the Larry Kohring Eastwood Relays. Nick Lane (Bowling Green, OH) added nearly ten feet to his best to win. His top mark of 219’5″ now ranks second in the nation. Sam Meece (Napoleon, OH) also started his season off with a new best and broke 200 feet for the first time. In the girl’s competition Carrol Pauley (Riverdale, Mount Blanchard, OH) and Madison Pollard (Anthony Wayne, Whitehouse, OH) were separated by just 13 inches as they took first and second. Both also produced marks that are among the top five in the nation.
Throwers from across the northeast converged on Randall’s Island for the New York Relays on Friday. Jill Shippee (Shenendehowa, Clifton Park, NY) made her outdoor season debut at the meet with a convincing win. Her first throw of 196’2″ held on for the win and marked a 15 foot improvement over last year. It also puts her just feet off of the national lead. Dilyn Cote led three throwers over 200 feet to win the boy’s competition. He added four feet to his personal best and nearly a dozen feet to his season’s best to win the title. Both Jason Wright (St. Anthony’s, South Huntington, NY) and Jacob Furland (Classical, Providence, RI) broke 200 feet for the first time to place second and third.
Indoor state leaders Jared Briere (Woonsocket, RI) and Gianna Rao (Ponaganset, North Scituate, RI) were the winners at the first invitational of the Rhode Island outdoor season. Briere was just 5 feet off of his best from last year in his outdoor debut, leading yet another top three sweep by Woonsocket High School. Rao had five fouls in the competition, but her one legal throw was good enough for the win.