Blaire, Geist, Others Will Chase 200 Feet: Top 500 Returnees In The Boys' Discus

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Evan Blaire (Hickory) / Photo by Phil Grove

Geist and Blaire will look to break that 200 feet barrier in the discus this season


Boys' Discus Preseason Rankings By Classification: AAA | AA | Independent

While the shot put understandably captured a lot of attention in 2016 (and will again in 2017), some big performances were put down in the discus as well. Look for more of the same this year with many of big names---including the AA and AAA state champs---returning to the fray.

You know the name Jordan Geist by now. Geist has broken just about every Pennsylvania shot put record there is and has his sights set on moving up the national all-time list even more. But Geist can also throw the discus very well. The senior and Arizona signee threw a best of 197-11 last spring to place third at New Balance Nationals Outdoor. Before that, Geist took home the AAA state title in the discus. While Geist will be on the pursuit of the national record in the shot put, make sure to keep an eye on how he performs in the disc.

Jordan Geist (Knoch) / Photo by Phil Grove

Hickory's Evan Blaire also had a big season in the discus last year as a junior. Blaire threw a best of 198-3 at a duel meet with Sharon. He threw over 180 on four other occasions last spring, including a win at states in AA, winning by nearly ten feet. Now a senior, the Auburn commit will look to add another state title to his name. He had a much improved season in the shot put this winter, which could indicate that Blaire is ready for big things in the discus as well.

Blaire's top competition will come from Saint Marys Area's Tom Bojalad. Saint Marys Area moves from AAA to AA this season and that will have some big implications here. Bojalad took third in AAA last season in the event and threw a bet of 178-7.

Lakeview's Aaron Armstrong is a returning medalist from states last spring. Armstrong took fifth last season. He has an appropriate last name and he'll be looking to improve upon that in AA this season. Richland's Ethan Dabbs is another returning medalist. Dabbs is also the top returning javelin thrower in the state, but he returns with a best of 149-2 from last year. Riverside (7)'s Lance Fisher and Hickory's Tyler Bishop are among the other AA discus throwers to keep an eye on this spring.

Matt Slagus (North Pocono) / Photo by Don Rich

There's a long list of throwers looking to challenge Geist in AAA this season. Leading that charge is North Pocono's Matt Slagus. Slagus had a huge junior season last year. He threw a best of 187-4 to win at Shippensburg and then took second at states in AAA. Watch for Slagus this spring as it could be a big year for the senior. South Fayette's Sam Mastro was fourth at states in AAA last year. He posted a big PR of 169-10 at states to grab that spot. He'll be one to watch this spring.

Greencastle-Antrim's Campbell Parker tossed a best of 177-8 last spring. He had an off day at states and finished outside the medals. Look for Parker to have a lot of motivation this season. Hempfield Area's Alex Murray was tenth at states last year. He, too, should be in line for a big season after a strong winter in the shot. Selinsgrove's Keith Dreese was seventh at states last spring. He threw a PR of 159-10 at states and will be looking for a similar performance this season.

Manheim Township's Ben Viau, Clearfield Area's Matthew Collins, Central Valley's Jacob White, Cathedral Prep's Nolan Landis, and West York's Luke Hoffman are some other names to watch for this season in the discus. Watch an interview with Hickory's Blaire and check out the top 500 returnees in the boys' discus this season, below:

Discus

Rank Mark Athlete/Team Grade Meet Date Place
1 198-3
Hickory
2017
2 197-11
Knoch
2017
3 187-4
North Pocono
2017
4 178-7
Saint Marys Area
2017
5 177-8
Greencastle-Antrim
2017
6 171-6
Hempfield Area (7)
2017
7 169-10
South Fayette High School
2018
8 168-0
Manheim Township
2017
9 167-11
Clearfield Area
2017
10 167-3
Central Valley HS
2017
11 164-9
West York Area
2017
12 163-5
Cathedral Prep
2019
13 163-1
Chambersburg
2017
14 162-4
Selinsgrove
2018
15 160-9
Pennridge
2017
16 159-10
Selinsgrove
2018
17 159-2
State College Area High School
2017
18 158-2
Seneca Valley
2018
19 157-0
Riverside (7)
2017
20 156-11
Cathedral Prep
2017
21 156-5
Southern Lehigh
2017
22 155-10
Milton Hershey
2017
23 155-6
Kennett
2017
24 155-0
Whitehall
2017
25 152-9
Hickory
2017
26 151-9
Lakeview
2017
27 149-3
Hazleton Area
2017
28 149-2
Richland
2018
29 148-0
Johnsonburg Area
2017
30 147-1
West Chester Rustin
2017
31 144-7
Methacton
2018
32 144-1
Harbor Creek
2018
33 143-4
Oxford Area
2017
33 143-4
Pennsbury
2018
35 142-4
Scranton Preparatory School
2018
36 142-3
West Chester Rustin
2017
37 142-0
LaSalle College High School
2017
38 141-11
Bensalem
2018
39 141-4
Pennridge
2017
40 141-1
Chambersburg
2017
41 141-0
Middletown Area
2017
42 140-11
Harry S Truman
2017
43 140-9
Cumberland Valley
2017
44 139-10
Sharpsville Area
2018
45 139-5
Riverside (2)
2017
46 139-2
West Chester East
2017
47 138-11
Cambria Heights
2018
48 138-9
Palmyra
2017
49 138-8
Springfield (Delco)
2018
50 138-7
Eastern Lebanon County
2017
51 138-4
Berks Catholic
2019
52 138-3
Dallastown
2017
53 138-2
Berlin Brothersvalley
2017
54 138-0
Oxford Area
2018
55 137-0
Johnsonburg Area
2018
56 136-11
Upper Darby
2017
57 136-10
Greencastle-Antrim
2017
58 136-6
Seneca Valley
2017
59 136-5
Harrisburg Christian School
2017
59 136-5
Northeast Bradford
2017
61 136-2
Owen J. Roberts
2019
61 136-2
Redbank Valley
2018
63 136-0
Southmoreland
2019
64 135-10
Trinity (3)
2018
65 135-8
Albert Gallatin
2017
66 135-7
Stroudsburg
2017
67 135-4
Big Spring
2017
68 135-2
Fort Leboeuf
2017
69 134-11
Saltsburg High School
2017
69 134-11
Norwin
2017
71 134-10
Altoona Area
2017
72 134-9
Lakeland
2017
72 134-9
James M. Coughlin
2017
74 134-6
West Chester Rustin
2017
75 134-5
Perkiomen Valley
2017
76 134-4
South Western
2018
77 134-0
Danville Area
2018
78 133-11
Pottsville Area
2017
79 133-10
Williamsport Area
2017
79 133-10
New Castle
2018
81 133-9
Donegal
2018
81 133-9
Butler
2017
83 133-8
Mifflin County High School
2017
83 133-8
Montrose
2017
85 133-6
Glen Mills Schools
2017
86 133-2
Grove City Area
2017
87 132-10
Chartiers Valley
2017
88 132-9
Hempfield (3)
2017
89 132-7
Laurel
2017
89 132-7
Riverside (7)
2017
91 132-5
Quaker Valley Middle School
2019
92 131-9
Shamokin Area
2017
93 131-7
Penn Trafford
2017
94 131-3
Dock Mennonite Academy
2018
95 130-11
Shikellamy
2017
96 130-10
Fort Cherry
2017
97 130-4
Hickory
2018
98 130-3
Avon Grove
2017
98 130-3
Nazareth Area
2017
100 130-1
Lewisburg Area
2017
101 129-10
Exeter
2018
102 129-8
Hatboro Horsham
2017
102 129-8
Harry S Truman
2017
104 129-7
East Stroudsburg Area South
2017
105 128-11
Iroquois
2017
106 128-8
Wyomissing Area
2017
107 128-7
Middletown Area
2017
108 128-4
Bensalem
2018
109 128-3
Saltsburg High School
2018
110 127-10
Penn Manor
2017
111 127-9
South Fayette High School
2017
112 127-8.5
West Mifflin
2017
113 127-7
Jim Thorpe Area
2017
114 127-6
Fairview
2017
114 127-6
Academy Park
2017
114 127-6
Moniteau
2017
117 126-11
Upper Dublin
2017
118 126-10
Sharon
2017
119 126-7
Danville Area
2018
120 126-6
Butler
2017
121 126-5
Fort Leboeuf
2018
122 126-2
Belle Vernon
2018
122 126-2
Ligonier Valley
2017
122 126-2
Canon-McMillan
2017
125 126-1
Friends' Central
2017
126 126-0
Quakertown
2017
126 126-0
Shenango
2018
126 126-0
Pittsburgh Central Catholic
2017
129 125-11
Perkiomen Valley
2017
130 125-9
Pen Argyl Area
2017
130 125-9
Coatesville
2018
132 125-7
Jim Thorpe Area
2017
133 125-5
Delone Catholic
2018
134 125-4
Bellefonte Area
2018
134 125-4
Corry Area
2018
136 125-1
Corry Area
2018
137 125-0
DuBois Central Catholic High School
2017
137 125-0
Penncrest
2018
139 124-10
United
2017
139 124-10
Wallenpaupack
2019
141 124-9
Hopewell
2017
142 124-8
Upper Dauphin HS
2018
142 124-8
Jersey Shore Area
2017
144 124-7
Downingtown East
2017
145 124-6
Neshaminy
2018
145 124-6
Lakeland
2018
145 124-6
Elmer L. Meyers
2017
148 124-4
Central Bucks East
2017
148 124-4
Bradford Area
2018
148 124-4
Peters Township
2017
151 124-3
Blue Mountain
2017
151 124-3
Forest Hills
2018
153 124-1
Fort Leboeuf
2018
154 123-10
North Penn
2018
154 123-10
Brentwood
2017
156 123-6
Oil City
2017
157 123-5
Clearfield Area
2017
157 123-5
West Scranton
2018
159 123-4
Big Spring
2017
160 122-11
Keystone Oaks
2017
161 122-6
Burgettstown
2017
162 122-5
Loyalsock Township
2017
163 122-1
Germantown Academy
2018
163 122-1
Biglerville
2017
165 122-0
Liberty
2017
165 122-0
Quaker Valley
2019
165 122-0
Reading
2017
168 121-11
Washington
2017
169 121-10
Great Valley
2019
170 121-8
Littlestown
2017
170 121-8
Northern Lehigh
2017
172 121-5
Palmyra
2018
173 121-4
Penn Manor
2018
174 121-3
Shade HS
2017
174 121-3
Bethlehem-Center
2018
176 121-2
Shikellamy
2018
176 121-2
Sharon
2017
176 121-2
Central Mountain
2017
179 120-6
Germantown Academy
2019
179 120-6
Chestnut Ridge
2018
181 120-5
Allentown Central Catholic
2017
182 120-4
West Chester Henderson
2017
182 120-4
Indiana Area
2019
182 120-4
Midd-West High School
2017
185 120-3
Carbondale Area Jr/Sr High School
2018
186 119-10
Bradford Area
2018
186 119-10
Plum
2019
188 119-9
West Shore Christian Academy
2018
189 119-7
Central York
2018
190 119-6
Waynesboro
2017
191 119-5
Ligonier Valley
2018
192 119-4
State College Area High School
2019
192 119-4
Milton Hershey
2017
194 119-3
Yough
2017
194 119-3
Union Area
2017
196 119-1
Pleasant Valley High School
2017
197 118-10
Stroudsburg
2017
198 118-8
Central Dauphin East (CD East)
2017
198 118-8
New Castle
2017
200 118-7
West York Area
2017
200 118-7
Mount Lebanon
2017
202 118-5
Parkland
2018
202 118-5
Uniontown Area
2017
204 118-4
Redbank Valley
2019
204 118-4
Penn Hills
2018
204 118-4
Wyoming Area
2017
204 118-4
Fleetwood Area
2019
208 118-3
Conwell-Egan
2018
209 118-2
Lower Moreland
2018
209 118-2
Muhlenberg
2018
209 118-2
Wilson (3)
2018
212 118-0
Mount Carmel Area
2018
213 117-8
Penn Cambria
2017
214 117-5
James Buchanan
2018
214 117-5
Girard
2017
216 117-4
Bermudian Springs
2017
217 117-2
Hopewell
2017
218 117-1
Norwin
2017
218 117-1
Lower Dauphin
2017
220 117-0
Mifflin County High School
2017
221 116-9
Bermudian Springs
2019
221 116-9
Corry Area
2017
223 116-7.5
Western Wayne
2017
224 116-7
Valley
2017
224 116-7
South Western
2017
224 116-7
Gateway
2018
227 116-6
Council Rock North
2017
227 116-6
Hollidaysburg Area
2017
229 116-5
Council Rock North
2017
230 116-4
Whitehall
2017
231 116-3
Bethlehem-Center
2019
231 116-3
Boiling Springs
2017
233 116-1
United
2018
233 116-1
Shippensburg
2017
235 116-0
Moniteau
2017
235 116-0
Northern
2019
237 115-11
The Haverford School for Boys
2017
238 115-9
Quakertown
2018
238 115-9
Iroquois
2018
238 115-9
Hempfield (3)
2017
241 115-7
Bishop McDevitt
2018
242 115-6
DuBois Area
2018
242 115-6
Penn Trafford
2018
244 115-4
Wyoming Area
2017
244 115-4
Fleetwood Area
2017
246 114-11
Delaware Valley Charter
2017
246 114-11
Spring Ford
2017
248 114-10
Bangor Area
2019
248 114-10
Pittsburgh Central Catholic
2017
250 114-6
Pottsville Area
2017
251 114-4
Kiski Prep
2017
252 114-3
Northwest Area
2017
253 114-1
Uniontown Area
2018
253 114-1
Oxford Area
2017
255 114-0
Mount Carmel Area
2018
256 113-10
Bishop Carroll
2017
257 113-8
George School
2017
257 113-8
Academy at Palumbo
2018
259 113-7
Mount Carmel Area
2019
259 113-7
Pennridge
2017
261 113-6
Elizabeth Forward
2018
261 113-6
Southern Columbia Area
2019
263 113-5
Upper Saint Clair
2017
264 113-4
Riverside (7)
2018
265 113-3
Milton Area
2017
266 113-2
George Junior Republic HS
2017
266 113-2
Greenville
2017
268 113-1
Central Columbia
2020
269 112-11
York Suburban
2017
269 112-11
Freeport Area
2017
271 112-10
Moon Area
2019
272 112-6
Lower Moreland
2017
273 112-4
Bald Eagle Area
2017
274 112-3
Central Cambria HS Red Devils
2018
275 112-2
Owen J. Roberts
2018
275 112-2
Littlestown
2018
277 112-1
Waynesburg Central
2017
278 112-0
Seneca
2017
278 112-0
Lebanon
2017
280 111-10
Valley
2017
281 111-9
The Hill School
2018
282 111-8
Towanda
2017
282 111-8
Chambersburg
2018
282 111-8
Chichester
2017
282 111-8
Avon Grove
2017
286 111-7
Mifflinburg
2017
286 111-7
Somerset Area
2017
288 111-6
Iroquois
2017
289 111-5
Carlisle
2018
289 111-5
Northern
2019
291 111-4
Quakertown
2017
291 111-4
Altoona Area
2017
291 111-4
Manheim Central
2017
294 111-3
Oley Valley
2017
295 111-2
Otto-Eldred
2018
295 111-2
Cedar Crest
2018
295 111-2
Central Bucks South
2017
295 111-2
Mid Valley Sr. High School
2017
299 111-0
Radnor
2017
299 111-0
Ephrata
2017
301 110-11
Cumberland Valley
2017
302 110-10
Mars Area
2019
302 110-10
Mars Area
2017
304 110-8
Fairfield Area
2019
304 110-8
Windber Area
2018
304 110-8
Garden Spot
2018
304 110-8
Pittston Area
2018
308 110-6
Lewisburg Area
2017
308 110-6
Berks Catholic
2017
308 110-6
Spring Ford
2017
308 110-6
Biglerville
2017
312 110-5
West Chester Henderson
2019
312 110-5
Hamburg Area
2017
314 110-4
Lampeter Strasburg
2018
315 110-3
Palisades
2018
315 110-3
Bellwood Antis
2017
315 110-3
Tussey Mountain
2018
315 110-3
Bellefonte Area
2017
315 110-3
Great Valley
2018
320 110-1
Nazareth Area
2017
321 110-0
Hatboro Horsham
2017
321 110-0
Butler
2019
323 109-11
Carlisle
2017
324 109-10
Williamsport Area
2017
324 109-10
Hollidaysburg Area
2017
326 109-9
North Hills
2019
327 109-8
Montrose
2017
328 109-7
Mifflin County High School
2017
328 109-7
Council Rock South
2019
330 109-6
Interboro
2017
331 109-5
Warrior Run
2017
331 109-5
Tamaqua Area
2017
331 109-5
Downingtown East
2018
331 109-5
Conestoga Valley
2018
335 109-4
Gettysburg Area High School
2018
336 109-3
Church Farm School
2018
336 109-3
Williamsport Area
2018
338 109-2
Nazareth Area
2017
338 109-2
Bedford
2017
338 109-2
Kiski Prep
2019
338 109-2
Octorara
2018
342 109-1
Williamson
2018
343 109-0
Downingtown East
2017
344 108-9
Hughesville
2017
344 108-9
Twin Valley
2017
344 108-9
Boiling Springs
2018
344 108-9
Susquehannock
2017
348 108-7
Dallastown
2017
348 108-7
Blackhawk
2018
350 108-6
Mercersburg Academy
2017
350 108-6
Greater Latrobe
2018
352 108-5.5
Wilson Area (11)
2018
353 108-5
Tamaqua Area
2019
354 108-4
Tamaqua Area
2018
355 108-2
Solebury School
2017
355 108-2
Central Valley HS
2019
357 108-1.5
Tunkhannock
2017
358 108-1
Bermudian Springs
2018
359 108-0
Southern Lehigh
2019
359 108-0
State College Area High School
2019
359 108-0
Lackawanna Trail
2017
362 107-11
Cumberland Valley
2018
362 107-11
Warwick
2017
364 107-10
Freedom Area (7)
2018
365 107-9
Pocono Mountain East
2017
365 107-9
Owen J. Roberts
2019
367 107-8
Avon Grove
2018
367 107-8
West Chester Henderson
2017
369 107-7
Germantown Academy
2018
370 107-6
Manheim Township
2018
370 107-6
West Chester Rustin
2017
372 107-5
Delaware County Christian School
2017
372 107-5
Blue Mountain
2017
372 107-5
North East
2018
375 107-4
Connellsville
2018
376 107-3
Schuylkill Haven Area
2018
377 107-2
Donegal
2018
378 107-1
Strath Haven
2018
378 107-1
Souderton Area
2017
380 107-0
Coatesville
2019
381 106-11
Strath Haven
2018
381 106-11
Bald Eagle Area
2017
383 106-10
Palmerton Area
2017
383 106-10
Yough
2019
385 106-8
Conwell-Egan
2018
385 106-8
Bellefonte Area
2018
385 106-8
Williamson
2018
385 106-8
Hampton
2018
389 106-7
Susquenita
2017
390 106-6
Northampton Area
2018
391 106-5
Southmoreland
2017
391 106-5
Lancaster Catholic
2017
393 106-4
Grove City Area
2018
394 106-3
Milton Hershey
2018
394 106-3
Perkiomen Valley
2019
396 106-2
Calvary Christian Academy
2017
397 106-0
Twin Valley
2017
398 105-11
Cumberland Valley
2018
399 105-10
Northern
2018
399 105-10
General McLane
2017
401 105-9
North Penn
2019
401 105-9
Quaker Valley
2018
403 105-8
Canon-McMillan
2018
403 105-8
Middletown Area
2017
405 105-7
Towanda
2017
405 105-7
Moniteau
2017
407 105-6
Union
2017
408 105-5
Allentown Central Catholic
2017
409 105-0
Redbank Valley
2018
409 105-0
Wissahickon
2017
409 105-0
Keystone
2018
409 105-0
Penn Manor
2018
413 104-11
Friends' Central
2017
413 104-11
Slippery Rock Area
2019
415 104-9.5
Pocono Mountain West
2018
416 104-9
Western Wayne
2017
417 104-8
Central Dauphin East (CD East)
2017
417 104-8
Northern Lehigh
2017
417 104-8
Jim Thorpe Area
2018
417 104-8
Punxsutawney Area
2017
417 104-8
Franklin Regional
2018
417 104-8
East
2017
423 104-7
Central Bucks West
2018
423 104-7
McDowell
2017
425 104-5
Red Lion
2018
426 104-3
Northwestern Lehigh
2018
426 104-3
Clearfield Area
2017
426 104-3
Moniteau
2018
429 104-2
Muhlenberg
2019
429 104-2
Hickory
2018
431 104-1
Derry Area
2018
432 104-0
Loyalsock Township
2017
432 104-0
Great Valley
2017
434 103-10
Stroudsburg
2017
435 103-9
Northern Lehigh
2017
436 103-8
Mahanoy Area
2018
437 103-7.5
Pocono Mountain East
2017
438 103-7
Souderton Area
2018
438 103-7
Wilson (3)
2018
440 103-6
Bangor Area
2017
440 103-6
Council Rock South
2017
440 103-6
Big Spring
2017
440 103-6
Fairview
2017
444 103-5
Salisbury Township
2017
444 103-5
Strath Haven
2017
444 103-5
Albert Gallatin
2018
444 103-5
Jim Thorpe Area
2019
444 103-5
Governor Mifflin
2018
449 103-4
Pittston Area
2017
449 103-4
West Chester East
2017
449 103-4
Downingtown East
2017
452 103-3
Bishop McCort
2017
453 103-2
Trinity Christian
2017
453 103-2
North Allegheny
2017
455 103-1.5
Nativity BVM
2017
456 103-1
Upper Dauphin HS
2019
457 103-0
Hughesville
2018
457 103-0
Germantown Academy
2018
457 103-0
Rochester
2017
457 103-0
Wilson (3)
2018
457 103-0
Grove City Area
2018
462 102-10
Southern Huntingdon
2018
462 102-10
Lewisburg Area
2017
462 102-10
Greenwood
2018
465 102-9
Saucon Valley
2019
465 102-9
Elk Catholic Middle School
2020
467 102-8
Coatesville
2018
467 102-8
Mercyhurst Preparatory
2017
469 102-6.5
Warren Area
2017
470 102-5
Coudersport
2017
470 102-5
McDowell
2017
472 102-3
Punxsutawney Area
2017
472 102-3
Northampton Area
2017
472 102-3
Coatesville
2018
475 102-2
Elizabeth Forward
2018
475 102-2
Cocalico
2018
477 102-1
West Greene High School
2017
477 102-1
Susquehanna Community
2019
479 102-0
Calvary Christian Academy
2017
480 101-10
Lansdale Catholic
2017
481 101-9
Upper Darby
2018
481 101-9
Indiana Area
2019
481 101-9
Bishop Guilfoyle
2017
481 101-9
Pittston Area
2017
485 101-8
Clearfield Area
2018
486 101-7
World Communications Charter School
2017
486 101-7
Franklin Area
2017
486 101-7
Knoch
2017
489 101-6
West Middlesex
2017
489 101-6
Albert Gallatin
2018
491 101-5
Eastern Lebanon County
2018
492 101-4.5
Emmaus
2017
493 101-3
Neshaminy
2017
493 101-3
Quakertown
2017
493 101-3
North East
2018
496 101-2
Shikellamy
2018
496 101-2
Red Lion
2018
496 101-2
Mars Area
2017
499 101-1
DuBois Area
2019
500 101-0
Garden Spot
2018
500 101-0
Penns Manor
2018

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