Shields medals at state in javelin

Staff writer

Brenna Shields, coming off her junior year at Centre High School, brought home a medal from the state track meet. She placed seventh in the 1A girls’ javelin throw.

Shields set a new personal record on her last throw in the preliminaries, which qualified her for the finals by two inches. She set a second personal best in the finals with a throw of 115 feet, 6 inches. That throw was more than five feet farther than her previous personal record.

Shields was Centre’s first medalist since Theo Kassebaum in 2012. She was the first female to earn a medal in the javelin since 2004, when Laura Klenda, now a teacher at Centre, was a finalist.

Graduate Cacey Simons set three new personal records out of the six jumps she took in triple jump. She advanced to the finals but missed medaling by 1½ inches, for a ninth-place finish.

Neither of the girls’ and boys’ 4x100 relay teams passed the preliminaries, but both ran their best time of the season.

Other results

Nick Salamone: 14. High jump, 5-8.

Ty Simons: 12. 110m hurdles, 16.69.

Boys 4x100 relay (Grant Srajer, Salamone, Dakota Stimpson, and Conner Montgomery): 15. 47.9.

Shelby Makovec: 11. 3,200, 13:26.66.

Brenna Shields: 15. Long jump, 14-9.

Girls 4x100 relay (Simons, Abigail Svoboda, Makovec, Shields): 14. 54.18.

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