SHIPPENSBURG -- There was no elation, no outpouring of emotion when she heard the number announced.
Instead, South Western's Tess Weaver simply exited the thrower's circle and walked to retrieve her shot during the girls' Class AAA shot put competition at the PIAA track and field championships on Friday. It wasn't until the Mustangs senior looked over and saw her coaches celebrating that she finally cracked a smile.
Inside, Weaver's mind was buzzing. She had just thrown the shot 40 feet, 2 3/4 inches, good enough to earn her fifth place at Shippensburg University's Seth Grove Stadium. She was one of three YAIAA athletes to earn medals on Day 1 of the two-day event, which wraps up today.
"I dreamt of (medaling at states), but I never thought it would happen," Weaver said. "It's awesome that I did it senior year."
Not only was the throw a personal record, it also capped an incredible two-week run for the Mustangs senior. Between her second-place finish at the District 3 meet and Friday's performance, Weaver increased her PR by close to 4 feet. She had thrown 35-10 1/2 two weekends ago at the YAIAA Championships.
South Western coach Bruce Lee said he couldn't remember seeing that type of improvement in a two-week span.
"We had some terrific practices this week. There was some excitement going up there as to what she could throw," Lee said. "During her warm-up throws, we looked at each other and said 'This could be a really good day for her.' "
Weaver also vastly outperformed her seeds the past two weekends. She jumped six spots from her No. 8 seed at districts. She entered Friday's event ranked 12th.
Weaver said she didn't make any mechanical changes during the season's final stretch. Instead, she focused on improving her existing form, specifically punching through the air with her lead left arm.
The added adrenaline of states didn't hurt, either.
"I do good under pressure," Weaver said. "I'm worse at home meets.
Weaver hit her top throw -- which also was a school record by a quarter of an inch -- on her second attempt Friday. But she also was remarkably consistent. All six of her throws beat the PR of 38-9 3/4 that Weaver set last week.
In the end, the satisfaction of finding the medal stand was more than Weaver could have hoped for.
"I just wanted to get eighth," she said. "I just wanted to medal."
Finishing strong: Roger Hollenbaugh's season got off to a bumpy start.
First, the Littlestown senior pole vaulter snapped his new pole after three jumps. Then, the order for his new pole got messed up.
For the first half of the season, Hollenbaugh competed without the right equipment -- or the right mindset.
"For the longest time, I'd work on my plant. Then I'd finally get that and lose something else," said Hollenbaugh, the 2011 District 3 Class AA champion. "It was nerve-wracking."
Those struggles were largely erased by the season's past two weeks. Hollenbaugh jumped 14 feet Friday, good enough to earn fifth place in the Class AA pole vault. That matched his personal best vault from districts last week.
It also offered Hollenbaugh some retribution from last season, when he failed to clear a single height during the state meet.
"It was my first time at states. I was so nervous," Hollenbaugh said. "I just thought I needed to come here and have fun (this time). If I get worked up over something and mess up, then I'll get even more mad. So I just decided to have fun."
Squire soars: For a freshman making her first trip to the PIAA championships, Grace Reidel didn't seem fazed. The Delone Catholic pole vaulter cleared a personal-best 11 feet Friday, en route to seventh place in the Class AA competition.
Reidel finished sixth at districts with a vault of 10-6. She nearly surpassed 11 feet on her first attempt Friday, barely scraping the bar on the way down.
"After that one, I knew that it was possible to make it," Reidel said.
Sure enough, Reidel slipped over the bar her next try.
Reidel's jump also set a new school record, passing Delone's previous mark of 10-9.
Turning up the heat: His final race of the day complete, Central York's Jay Stone slumped between a pair of water coolers in a cool-off area.
The high temperatures Friday taxed athletes who competed in multiple events. In Stone's case, the sophomore ran three races -- the 110 hurdles, 300 hurdles and 400 relay. He guaranteed himself a medal by qualifying eighth for today's 300 hurdles final (38.62 seconds), and moved into the semis of the 110 hurdles (15.05).
"I usually keep my sweats on the whole time, and I had to take them off," said Stone, who won a district title last week in the 300 hurdles. "Obviously in the morning it wasn't as hot. Then out of nowhere, it got really hot."
Along with Stone, several other YAIAA athletes advanced to Saturday's track semis and finals.
Red Lion freshman Angelica Gonzalez won her preliminary heat of the Class AAA 200 meters in 25.21 seconds to qualify for today's semifinals. She also advanced to the 100-meter semis.
"They definitely weren't my best (runs)," Gonzalez said. "The first 100, it took me a while to get into it because I was nervous."
Central York's Megan Lundy, the District 3 Class AAA 400 meters champion, guaranteed herself a medal by qualifying for the 400 finals in 56.59 seconds. She also earned her way into the 200 semis.
Notable finishes: Fairfield's Sarah Hunt (16-6) and Delone Catholic's Isabella Ugarte (16-5 1/4) finished 11th and 12th, respectively, in the girls' Class AA long jump. ... Eastern York's Alec McKee placed 17th in the boys' Class AAA discus with a throw of 146 feet. ... Hanover's Morgan Herrick, the District 3 Class AA high jump champion, tied for 12th at the event Friday (5-0). ... New Oxford's Jamila Janneh finished 15th in the girls' Class AAA long jump (16-11). ... Biglerville's Noe Aguilar took 18th in the Class AA shot put (47-8).
Friday's finals results from the PIAA Track & Field Championships at Shippensburg University:
CLASS AAA BOYS
Triple jump -- 1, Wellington Zaza, Strath Haven, 50-1/2; 2, Imani Brown, Reading, 49-51/2; 3, Shawn Johnson, Canon-McMillan, 49-5 1/4; 4, Harley LaCroix, Cheltenham, 48-10 1/4; 5, Tyrek Edwards, Archbishop Ryan, 47-11; 6, De'vion Tate, McDowell, 46-11 3/4; 7, Corey Muggler, La Salle College HS, 46-9 3/4; 8, Julian Thompson, Greensburg-Salem, 46-4 1/4.
Discus -- 1, Kyle Long, Landisville Hempfield, 189-0; 2, Bryan Pearson, Bangor, 179-6; 3, Kyle Felpel, Cocalico, 178-2; 4, Ian Maginnes, Father Judge, 176-6; 5, Ryan Hart, Downingtown East, 174-4; 6, Chazz Wilkes, Cardinal O'Hara, 169-2; 7, David Reinhardt, Bradford, 167-1; 8, Anthony Bouselli, Wallenpaupack, 161-7.
CLASS AA BOYS
Triple jump -- 1, Jared Horne, Schuylkill Valley, 46-9; 2, Michael Young, Chestnut Ridge, 45-9 1/4; 3, Johnathon Jacoway, Sharon, 45-5 3/4; 4, Brad Najac, Schuylkill Valley, 45-4; 5, Jeremy Claypoole, Bellwood-Antis, 44-11; 6, Daniel Reichenbach, Salisbury Twp., 44-6 3/4; 7, Jason Brandt, Pen Argyl, 44-5; 8, Jared Myers, Greenwood, 43-101/2.
Javelin -- 1, Michael Shuey, Johnsonburg, 200-1; 2, Tyler Hope, Tamaqua, 198-4; 3, Ryan Kerr, Brookville, 194-8; 4, Michael Burke IV, Columbia, 187-2; 5, Stefan Moreau, United, 185-0; 6, Brandon Smith, Lewisburg, 183-1; 7, Geoff Beam, Pen Argyl, 178-1; 8, Tyler Donati, Wilmington, 169-3.
Pole Vault -- 1, Patrick Anderson, Kane, 15-11 (New PIAA record; previous mark, 15-10, Eric Sparks, Hickory, 2005); 2, Joey Rakowski, Quaker Valley, 14-6; 3, Ben Shank, Camp Hill, 14-6; 4, Greg Hildebrandt, Towanda, 14-0; 5, Roger Hollenbaugh, Littlestown, 14-0; 6. (tie) Austin Witmer, Pen Argyl, 13-6; Cam Cassels, Lewisburg, 13-6; 8, Tyler Kolar, Mount Pleasant, 13-6.
Shot Put -- 1, Matt Bell, Hickory, 59-6 3/4; 2, John Yohman, Wilmington, 58-31/2; 3, Nick Delmonaco, Riverview, 55-9 3/4; 4, Stefan Moreau, United, 54-3 1/4; 5, Zach Porterfield, Sharon, 54-2; 6, Tom Schetroma, Southern Columbia, 53-11 1/4; 7, Luke Lewis, Hickory, 52-2; 8, Tony Dennis, Wilkes-Barre Hanover Area, 52-1/2.
CLASS AAA GIRLS
Long jump -- 1, Marshay Ryan, Chambersburg, 19-5 1/4; 2, Ciara Andrews, Cheltenham, 18-91/2; 3, Anna Chodubski, McDowell, 18-6 3/4; 4, Jordan Matthews, Abington, 18-6 1/4; 5, Maddie Holmberg, Greensburg Hempfield Area, 18-1 1/4; 6, Jayna Coyle, Somerset, 17-11; 7, Rachel Van Metre, Strath Haven, 17-101/2; 8, Logan Brenker, Conwell-Egan, 17-7 1/4.
Shot Put -- 1, Rachel Fatherly, Williamsport, 46-91/2; 2, Tyra Roberts, Bensalem, 41-10 1/4; 3, April Krivoniak, Greater Latrobe, 40-8; 4, Sarah Fairbanks, Elizabethtown, 40-6; 5, Tess Weaver, South Western, 40-2 3/4; 6, Courtney McCartney, Selinsgrove, 40- 1/4; 7, Martina Milcec, Norwin, 39-1 1/4; 8, Jaynee Corbett, Corry, 39-0.
Javelin -- 1, Julia Franzosa, Hazleton, 135-9; 2, Mira Carrozza, Canon-McMillan, 132-3; 3, Devon Player, Pope John Paul II, 132-2; 4, Olivia Hassler, Parkland, 130-0; 5, Gabby Alguire, Tunkhannock, 129-3; 6, Rikki Feerrar, Jersey Shore, 127-11; 7, Chrissy Rickert, Landisville Hempfield, 126-4; 8, Katie Hohman, North Allegheny, 125-2.
CLASS AA GIRLS
High jump -- 1, Corrin Regginello, Hickory, 5-5; 2, Alexandra Schriefer, North East, 5-4; 3. (tie), Courtney King, Lakeview, 5-2; Joselyn Pascaul, Milton, 5-2; 5. (tie), Ashley Bender, Mohawk, 5-2; Nicole Florio, Elk County Catholic, 5-2; Laurel Schickler, North East, 5-2; Carly Gregas, North Schuylkill, 5-2.
Discus -- 1, Lauren Lubarski, Hickory, 142-6; 2, Taylor Woods, Hickory, 139-2; 3, Jennifer Neider, Hickory, 135-8; 4, Mary Newell, Villa Joseph Marie, 122-5; 5, Mariah Williams, Juniata, 120-4; 6, Rachel DeMaria, West Middlesex, 118-8; 7, Samantha Black, Seneca, 118-5; 8, Amber Bacon, Union City, 118-5.
Pole Vault -- 1, Marissa Kalsey, Waynesburg Central, 12-6; 2 (tie), Rebekah Petty, Greenville, 12-0; Virginia LaMacchia, Central Columbia, 12-0; 4, Vicki Soltys, Milton, 11-0; 5, Abbey Eisenbrown, Ellwood City, 11-0; 6, Devan Kerecman, Holy Cross, 11-0; 7, Grace Reidel, Delone Catholic, 11-0; 8, Madison Depner, Camp Hill Trinity, 11-0.
Long Jump -- 1, Lauren Ball, Bloomsburg, 18-1 1/4; 2, Kayla Hope, Tamaqua, 17-11 1/4; 3, Alexis King, Wilmington, 17-9 1/4; 4, Amani Nesmith, Swenson ATVS, 17-8; 5, Brooke Smay, Forest Hills, 17-31/2; 6, Leah Winner, Montoursville, 17-1 1/4; 7, Julia Wignot, Holy Redeemer, 17- 1/4; 8, Kelsey Kozora, Ellwood City, 17-0.
High Jump -- 1, Taylor Morgan, Upper Dublin, 5-7; 2, Abby Jones, Franklin, 5-6; 3, Paige Kassab, Meadville, 5-6; 4, India McCoy, Ambridge, 5-4; 5, Rachel Van Metre, Strath Haven, 5-4; 6 (tie), Emily Allport, Solanco, 5-4; Shelby Burns, Laurel Highlands, 5-4; Paige Rittelman, Butler, 5-4.