Montana Set For A Big Winter Season: Top 300+ Girls' Shot Put Returnees

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Seniors took nine of the top ten spots at in the girls' shot put at indoor states last season, meaning we could definitely expect some sort of changing of the guard this winter. But rising above the rest is the top returner, Payden Montana of Berwick, who already proved herself as one of the state's best in the spring.

Montana, a senior and Penn State recruit, was third at indoor states last year with a throw of 44-3.75 (less than three inches off the winning throw by Tori McKinley of Hickory), but really amped up her throwing outdoors. Montana took third at the Penn Relays, then tossed a massive PR of 47-3 to take the AAA state title by nearly five feet! She proved that was no fluke at outdoor nationals, adding another throw over 47 feet.

She enters this winter as the only girl who has thrown over 40 feet indoors and will be the strong favorite to add an indoor state crown to her resume. So who could pose a challenge to Montana?


Shamokin Area's Alyssa Lahr should be strong. Lahr was 11th at indoor states and tenth at outdoor states. She throws with good consistency and should be in for a good season. Chambersburg's Reagan Winebrenner, Germantown Academy's Meaghan Toscano, and Butler's Jena Reinheimer are the other state qualifiers from last year, who are looking to move into medal placement this winter. And in this open of a field, that is certainly a major possibility.

Hickory's Michaela Burkhauser will look to pick up where her former teammate McKinley left off. Burkhauser just missed qualifying for indoor states, but had a really strong spring, including a throw over 41 feet. She took fifth at states in AA. Penn Hills' Lillia Allen, who was a state qualifier as a freshman, but missed last year as a sophomore, will be worth watching for. Allen threw over 43 feet at WPIALs last spring and should be in for a strong winter season.

Corry Area's Abby Whitaker and Punxsutawney's Sam Dyson are two girls that threw 40 feet during the outdoor season. Both should be serious factors in the state medal conversation this indoor season. Haverford's Cecilia Katcavage, Neshaminy's Keturah Legette, and Hempfield Area's McKenna Orie are among the other girls to keep an eye on this winter, as well.

Watch an interview with Montana after winning the AAA shot put title at the outdoor state meet and check out the top 300+ returnees in the girls' shot put below:

Shot Put

Rank Mark Athlete/Team Grade Meet Date Place
1 44-3.75
Berwick
2018
2 39-5
Germantown Academy
2020
3 39-4.5
Butler
2018
4 38-11.5
Shamokin Area
2018
4 38-11.5
Chambersburg
2018
6 38-5.5
Hickory
2018
7 37-8.25
Haverford Township HS
2018
8 37-5
Corry Area
2018
9 37-4.5
Punxsutawney Area
2018
10 37-4.25
Neshaminy
2019
11 37-3.5
Hempfield Area (7)
2019
12 37-3
Penn Hills
2019
13 36-7.25
Peters Township
2019
14 35-10.5
Hempfield Area (7)
2018
15 35-9
Perkiomen Valley
2019
16 35-8
Cardinal O'Hara
2018
16 35-8
Germantown Friends School
2018
18 35-7.5
South Park High School
2019
19 35-4.5
Susquehanna Township
2018
20 35-3
Red Lion
2018
21 35-0
Altoona Area
2018
22 34-10
Selinsgrove
2018
23 34-6.5
Bethel Park
2020
24 34-5.75
North Penn
2018
25 34-3.5
Blue Mountain
2018
25 34-3.5
Shenango
2018
27 34-0
Coatesville
2019
28 33-10.25
Lewisburg Area
2018
29 33-9
Neshaminy
2018
30 33-8
Lower Dauphin
2019
31 33-5.5
Southern Lehigh
2018
32 33-5
West Chester Rustin
2019
33 33-3.5
Greenville
2019
34 33-3
Cardinal O'Hara
2020
35 33-2.25
Downingtown East
2019
36 33-2
Wyomissing Area
2018
36 33-2
Council Rock South
2018
38 33-0.5
West Chester Rustin
2018
39 32-11.75
Neumann Goretti
2018
40 32-9.5
Unattached-PA
2018
41 32-8
Cedar Crest
2018
42 32-1.75
Indiana Area
2018
43 32-1.5
Ephrata
2018
43 32-1.5
Wyoming Area
2019
45 32-0.5
Delone Catholic
2019
46 32-0
Msgr Bonner & Abp Prendergast HS
2019
47 31-10
Pottsgrove
2019
48 31-8.25
Hickory
2018
49 31-7.5
Butler
2019
50 31-5.5
Tunkhannock
2019
51 31-5
Central Dauphin East (CD East)
2019
52 31-1
Bradford Area
2018
53 31-0.25
North Penn
2018
54 31-0
Canon-McMillan
2019
55 30-11
Burrell
2018
56 30-9.5
Pennridge
2018
57 30-8.5
Abington
2018
58 30-6.5
Ephrata
2019
59 30-5.25
Central
2019
60 30-5
Greenville
2019
61 30-1
South Fayette High School
2020
61 30-1
Wyalusing Valley Area
2019
63 29-11.25
Coatesville
2018
64 29-11
Moniteau
2018
65 29-10
Montour
2020
66 29-9.75
Hickory
2020
67 29-9.5
Council Rock South
2019
68 29-8.75
Msgr Bonner & Abp Prendergast HS
2020
69 29-8.5
Baldwin
2018
70 29-7.5
Avon Grove
2018
71 29-7
GAR Memorial
2018
71 29-7
J.P. McCaskey
2019
73 29-5
Exeter
2020
74 29-2.5
Governor Mifflin
2019
75 29-2
Shenango
2019
76 29-0.5
North Penn
2019
77 28-9
Canon-McMillan
2018
78 28-8.5
Boyertown
2020
79 28-8
Wyomissing Area
2018
79 28-8
Cheltenham
2020
81 28-5.5
Episcopal Academy
2018
82 28-3
Shikellamy
2019
83 28-2
Northern
2019
83 28-2
Slippery Rock Area
2020
83 28-2
Eastern Lebanon County
2018
86 28-1.5
Garnet Valley
2019
87 28-0
Hickory
2018
87 28-0
General McLane
2018
89 27-11.75
Minersville Area
2018
90 27-11.5
North Penn
2018
91 27-10.5
Central Dauphin East (CD East)
2019
91 27-10.5
Susquehanna Township
2019
93 27-10
Souderton Area
2018
93 27-10
North Allegheny
2019
93 27-10
Marple Newtown
2018
96 27-8
Perkiomen School
2018
96 27-8
Altoona Area
2019
96 27-8
General McLane
2018
96 27-8
Slippery Rock Area
2018
100 27-7
Punxsutawney Area
2018
101 27-6.5
Easton Area
2019
102 27-5.75
West Chester Rustin
2018
102 27-5.75
Methacton
2018
104 27-4
Conwell-Egan
2018
105 27-3.25
North Penn
2019
106 27-2.5
Unattached-PA
2019
107 27-1.5
Villa Joseph Marie
2020
108 27-1
Conwell-Egan
2019
109 26-11
Wissahickon
2018
110 26-10.5
Nazareth Academy
2018
111 26-10
Methacton
2018
112 26-9
Indiana Area
2018
112 26-9
Seneca Valley
2020
114 26-8.75
Exeter
2020
115 26-8.5
Wissahickon
2018
116 26-6
Upper Moreland
2020
116 26-6
Upper Darby
2018
118 26-5
Southern Columbia Area
2018
118 26-5
Chartiers Valley
2019
120 26-4
Shikellamy
2018
121 26-3.5
Emmaus
2019
121 26-3.5
Exeter
2019
121 26-3.5
West Chester Rustin
2019
124 26-3
Central Dauphin
2020
125 26-1.75
Garnet Valley
2019
125 26-1.75
Quakertown
2020
127 26-0.5
Upper Merion
2018
128 26-0
St. Hubert's
2019
129 25-10.5
John W. Hallahan
2019
130 25-10
Chambersburg
2020
130 25-10
Hamburg Area
2020
130 25-10
Woodland Hills High School
2020
133 25-9.25
William Tennent
2020
134 25-9
Cumberland Valley
2018
135 25-8.75
Owen J. Roberts
2019
136 25-8
North Schuylkill
2019
137 25-7.75
Pennridge
2019
138 25-7.5
State College Area High School
2018
139 25-7.25
New Castle
2018
140 25-6
Perkiomen Valley
2019
140 25-6
Lakeland
2019
140 25-6
Perkiomen Valley
2019
143 25-5.5
St. Hubert's
2019
144 25-5
Ridley
2019
145 25-4.75
Canon-McMillan
2018
146 25-4.5
Hamburg Area
2018
146 25-4.5
Louis E Dieruff
2020
146 25-4.5
Central Bucks East
2020
149 25-4
Susquehanna Community
2020
149 25-4
J.P. McCaskey
2019
149 25-4
Carlisle
2019
152 25-3.5
Garnet Valley
2019
153 25-3
Little Flower
2019
154 25-2
Neil A. Armstrong Middle School
2021
154 25-2
Conwell-Egan
2020
156 25-0.5
Lakeland
2021
157 25-0
William Allen
2019
157 25-0
Conwell-Egan
2018
159 24-11.75
Bradford Area
2018
160 24-11.5
Southern Lehigh
2019
160 24-11.5
Hamburg Area
2020
162 24-10.5
Penn Manor
2019
163 24-10.25
Southern Lehigh
2018
164 24-10
Slippery Rock Area
2019
164 24-10
Lower Moreland
2019
166 24-9.25
Shenango
2020
167 24-9
Lower Merion
2018
168 24-8
Lakeland
2020
169 24-6.5
Manheim Township
2018
170 24-6
Freedom Area (7)
2018
170 24-6
North Allegheny
2018
172 24-5
Spring Ford
2018
172 24-5
Kutztown Area
2018
174 24-4.5
Springfield (Delco)
2020
175 24-4
Tulpehocken
2018
175 24-4
Ringgold
2020
177 24-3.5
Gwynedd-Mercy Academy
2020
178 24-3
Msgr Bonner & Abp Prendergast HS
2019
179 24-2
Upper Darby
2020
180 23-11.5
Central
2020
181 23-10.75
Peters Township
2020
182 23-10.25
Penncrest
2018
183 23-9.25
Interboro
2018
184 23-9
Central Bucks South
2018
185 23-8.5
Pleasant Valley High School
2018
186 23-8
Perkiomen Valley
2019
187 23-7.5
Schuylkill Haven Area
2018
188 23-7
State College Area High School
2018
188 23-7
Selinsgrove
2020
190 23-6.5
Oakland Catholic
2019
191 23-5
Archbishop Ryan
2020
192 23-4.5
Cumberland Valley
2020
193 23-3.5
Pottsgrove
2019
194 23-3.25
Boyertown
2018
195 23-3
Germantown Academy
2020
195 23-3
North Penn
2020
195 23-3
Archbishop Ryan
2019
198 23-2
Eastern Lebanon County
2019
198 23-2
Girls' High
2018
200 23-0
William Allen
2019
200 23-0
Souderton Area
2019
200 23-0
Kutztown Area
2019
203 22-11.75
Southern Lehigh
2019
204 22-11.5
State College Area High School
2019
205 22-10
Bethel Park
2020
206 22-9.75
Central Bucks West
2019
207 22-9.5
Upper Darby
2020
208 22-9
J.P. McCaskey
2018
209 22-8.75
Reading
2020
210 22-8.5
Hempfield (3)
2018
210 22-8.5
Cumberland Valley
2020
210 22-8.5
Riverside (7)
2019
213 22-7
Manheim Township
2019
214 22-6.5
Owen J. Roberts
2019
215 22-6.25
Bishop McDevitt
2020
216 22-6
Upper Darby
2019
217 22-5.75
Hempfield Area (7)
2019
218 22-4.25
Ridley
2018
219 22-3
Spring Ford
2019
220 22-2
Chartiers Valley
2019
221 22-1.5
Girls' High
2019
222 22-1
Bethel Park
2020
222 22-1
Cedar Crest
2020
224 22-0
Twin Valley
2019
225 21-11
Seneca Valley
2019
226 21-10.5
Williamsport Area
2020
227 21-10
Mount Lebanon
2020
228 21-9
Nazareth Academy
2019
229 21-8.5
Milton Hershey
2019
230 21-8
Academy of Notre Dame
2019
231 21-7.5
Cheltenham
2019
232 21-7.25
Pottsgrove
2020
233 21-6.25
Archbishop Ryan
2020
234 21-6
Boyertown
2019
235 21-5.5
Central Dauphin East (CD East)
2019
236 21-4.5
Mifflin County High School
2020
236 21-4.5
Central Dauphin
2019
236 21-4.5
Cheltenham
2020
239 21-4
Hempfield Area (7)
2019
239 21-4
Cheltenham
2019
239 21-4
Southern Lehigh
2020
242 21-3
Villa Joseph Marie
2019
242 21-3
The Hill School
2018
242 21-3
Hamburg Area
2020
245 21-2.5
Wyomissing Area
2019
246 21-1.5
Hempfield (3)
2018
247 21-1
Manheim Township
2019
248 21-0
Canon-McMillan
2020
249 20-11.5
Chambersburg
2018
250 20-11
Hanover Area Junior High
2021
251 20-10.5
West Chester Rustin
2020
252 20-9.5
Spring Ford
2019
253 20-8.5
Interboro
2020
254 20-8
Villa Joseph Marie
2020
255 20-7.5
Harrisburg High School
2020
256 20-7
Laurel Highlands
2019
256 20-7
Chester
2018
258 20-4.5
Pottstown
2019
259 20-4
Archbishop Carroll
2020
260 20-3.25
Strath Haven
2018
260 20-3.25
Lower Merion
2019
262 20-1.5
The Hill School
2020
262 20-1.5
Harrisburg High School
2019
262 20-1.5
Archbishop Ryan
2018
265 20-1
Freedom Area (7)
2018
266 20-0.75
Saint Basil Academy
2018
267 19-11
Wilson (3)
2020
268 19-10
Msgr Bonner & Abp Prendergast HS
2020
269 19-9.5
Upper Darby
2019
270 19-9
Williamsport Area
2020
270 19-9
Upper Darby
2019
272 19-8.5
Governor Mifflin
2019
273 19-8
Conestoga
2019
274 19-7.5
Kutztown Area
2020
274 19-7.5
Southern Columbia Area
2020
276 19-7
Mifflin County High School
2018
277 19-6.5
Central Bucks East
2018
278 19-6.25
Easton Area
2018
279 19-5.75
Council Rock North
2020
280 19-5.5
Ephrata
2020
280 19-5.5
Motivation High School
2018
282 19-5.25
Penncrest
2019
283 19-5
Cardinal O'Hara
2019
284 19-3.25
Neshaminy
2018
285 19-2.5
Harrisburg High School
2020
286 19-0.75
Wilson (3)
2020
287 18-11.75
Bensalem
2018
288 18-11.5
Louis E Dieruff
2018
288 18-11.5
Downingtown East
2020
290 18-11
St. Hubert's
2018
290 18-11
Millville
2020
292 18-10
Penn Charter
2018
293 18-9.75
Easton Area
2018
294 18-7
Conwell-Egan
2020
294 18-7
Mount Carmel Area
2018
296 18-6.5
Penn Wood
2018
297 18-6
Cumberland Valley
2020
297 18-6
Spring Ford
2019
299 18-3
Girls' High
2018
300 18-2.5
Penn Charter
2020
301 18-2
Msgr Bonner & Abp Prendergast HS
2020
302 18-1
Gwynedd-Mercy Academy
2020
303 18-0.5
Hanover Area Junior High
2021
304 18-0
Lower Merion
2019
305 17-11.5
Wilson (3)
2020
306 17-10
Schuylkill Haven Area
2019
307 17-9.5
Milton Hershey
2018
308 17-9
Souderton Area
2020
308 17-9
Little Flower
2019
310 17-8
St. Hubert's
2019
311 17-6.5
William Allen
2019
312 17-4.5
Spring Ford
2018
313 17-4
Mount Lebanon
2020
314 17-2
Chartiers Valley
2019
315 16-10
Saint Basil Academy
2018
316 16-9.25
Lower Merion
2019
317 16-5
Villa Joseph Marie
2020
318 16-4.5
Msgr Bonner & Abp Prendergast HS
2020
319 16-1
Sun Valley
2018
319 16-1
Ringgold
2019
319 16-1
Southern Lehigh
2019
322 15-6.5
Pottsgrove
2020
323 15-6.25
Punxsutawney Area
2018
324 15-4
St. Hubert's
2019
325 15-3
Archbishop Ryan
2020
326 14-11.5
Archbishop Carroll
2019
327 14-10
St. Hubert's
2019
327 14-10
St. Hubert's
2018
327 14-10
Norristown
2018
330 14-8.5
Cumberland Valley
2020
331 14-0
Abington Friends
2019
332 13-6
Mount Lebanon
2020
333 13-2.5
Ringgold
2018
334 13-0
Western Wayne
2022
334 13-0
Imhotep Institute Charter HS
2018

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