PM’s Fischer Wins State Shot Put And Discus Titles, Dryden First In 2-Mile

By: 
Jonathan Schwab

Saturday, June 6 –  Parry McCluer High School senior Josh Fischer and junior Sophie Dryden won state championships at the rainy Class 1 state track and field meet on Saturday at East Rockingham High School in Elkton. Fischer won both the boys' shot put and the discus, setting a meet record in the shot put with a toss of 56 feet, 2.25 inches.

In the discus, Fischer threw a personal-record 157-7. The PM boys have had the individual discus state champion for four years in a row and have had eight individual throwing state champions, including indoor and outdoor track, in the last three years.

Dryden broke her own school record in winning the 2-mile in 11:50.61, about six seconds faster than her previous record. Junior teammate Hailey Huffman placed fourth in the 800-meter run in 2:35.96, just shy of her personal record.

In the girls' shot put, PM junior Tristen Clark placed second in the shot put, breaking her own school record with a toss of 37-4. Senior teammate Summer Snider finished fourth in the discus, saving her best throw for last with a 109-9.

Dylan May led the PM boys’ runners with two all-state (top eight) finishes, placing third in the 2-mile in 10:24.36 and finishing fourth in the mile in 4:55.12.

In the standings, the PM girls placed fifth of 32 scoring teams, tallying 37 points, and the PM boys placed seventh of 31 scoring teams with 31 points.

Rockbridge County High School juniors Danielle Crawford (girls' shot put and discus) and Johnny Dunn (boys' high jump) were scheduled to compete at the Class 3 state meet today at Harrisonburg High School, but the stormy weather postponed the meet until Sunday at 8:30 a.m.

For the full stories and photos from the state meets, with full results and comments from coaches and athletes, please see our June 6 newspaper.

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