Shore’s Butzler second in discus
Jersey Shore senior Emma Butzler was definitely surprised on Thursday afternoon that she took second place in the discus. But more so, Butzler was surprised with one of her throws. As Butzler let go of her throw at Williamsport High School, she saw it start to curve and thought it wouldn’t stay in.
But luckily for Butzler, not only did her throw stay in, but it gave her a new PR at the District 4 track and field championships.
Consider placing second and taking a silver medal the icing on the cake.
Butzler finished with a throw of 107 feet, 10 inches to take second place, although her throw came up 11 feet shy of the qualifying standard to advance to the state meet. Selinsgrove’s Piper Klinger won with a throw of 128-9.
“I was extremely surprised. Surprised it even went in, it was curving. It was about to go out,” Butzler said with a laugh. “It didn’t though. I was pretty consistent. I got a 107 and last two throws were 105. I was right around that area the whole time, so I was pretty happy with that.”
The throw by Butzler surpassed her previous PR by about a foot.
“My coach just tells me what to do and I just get in there and go ‘OK, I’ll try whatever you tell me to do.’ I try not to think too much because I get nervous easily, so I just go in there with that mindset I guess.”
Butzler said the competition at the district meet, especially Klinger, helped motivate her and fuel her to try to throw better.
“Oh yeah, Piper’s really good. She’s a really good thrower and so is Alyssa (Lahr of Shamokin). It’s really fun competiting with them.”
In the Class AAA field, Jersey Shore had a successful day, having three athletes place second in five medal events. Butzler was joined by classmate Lindsay Malicky, who was second in the javelin with a throw of 120-3, less than two feet from the qualifying standard. Jersey Shore’s Sidney Trunzo also took home a silver medal by finishing second in the 3,200 in 11:48.04, approximately four seconds behind Selinsgrove’s Brittany Carnathan, who finished in first.
The 100, 100 hurdles and 200 were all heats to determine the finalists for Saturday.
No local athletes qualified for the state meet in the Class AAA field on Thursday.
In the pole vault, Williamsport’s Alexis Carnevale took fourth by clearing 8 feet, 6 inches and classmate Madison Marchese cleared 8-0 for fifth. In the triple jump, Williamsport’s Hannah Lewis placed fifth with a distance of 32-8 1/2 and Williamsport’s Alex Lake was seventh with a distance of 31-9 1/2.
Jersey Shore’s Liz Severino took home a fourth-place finish in the javelin wtih a throw of 115-11 and classmate Reba Lorson was in fifth (112-3). Williamsport’s Wynd Ontiveros was seventh (109-2) and Williamsport’s brenna Schneider finished eighth in 91-7.