Geist, Big Class Of 2017 Leave Void; Who's Next?: Top 350+ Boys' Shot Put Returnees

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No other state held anything on Pennsylvania last winter in the shot put. Five PA putters ranked inside the top 50 at the end of the indoor season. It took a throw of 54-10 just to qualify for the indoor state meet. AN incredible eight PA boys qualified for the "Championship" section at New Balance Nationals Indoor.

And, of course, at the top was Jordan Geist. Now at the University of Arizona, the Knoch thrower continually chased himself in the record books all season long. He won his third straight state title last winter, his second straight indoor national title, and threw a best of 76-10.5 at the TSTCA Championships.

Along with Geist, Evan Blaire, Kelton Chastulik, and Tom Bojalad have all graduated. So who's next? Who's ready to fill this void?

The state's only returning indoor state medalist is Keith Dreese of Selinsgrove. Dreese was a tremendously consistent performer last season and he got up over 56 feet at Susquehanna, setting the stage for his eighth place finish at states (with a throw that would have got him fifth in 2016 and third in 2015!). Look for a big year out of Dreese, who took seventh at outdoor states.

South Fayette's Sam Mastro will be strong as well. He threw a best of 55-8.5 last season, and took 13th at indoor states. He just missed qualifying for outdoor states out of the ridiculously talented District 7 (WPIAL), so he'll have plenty of motivation this winter as a senior.

Photo by Phil Grove

Bradford Area's John Eakin will be worth watching for this season. He threw a best of 53-4 indoors last season, but really improved into the spring. He tossed it 54-4.5 at outdoor states, which was good enough for sixth in AAA. He should make even more noise this indoor season.

Glen Mills' Quadir Gibson should be in line for a solid senior season. He threw 55-6 early last season. If he can channel that kind of effort, he'll be a tough one to beat on the big stages. Bensalem's Yobani Moreno made some nice strides last winter and into the spring. He comes in with an indoor PR of 53-9 and will be one to watch. Penn Trafford's Cam Elma is another one who has thrown over 50 feet and will look to make the jump to the state meet, and possibly medal territory this season.

There are many other contenders, who will be chasing the 50 foot mark this season. Easton's Elek Ferency, Germantown Academy's Olatide Abinusawa, Fleetwood Area's Seth Wagner, and Southmoreland's Nick Hyde are included in that list.

And don't forget Germantown Academy's Kyle Garland. The multis-specialist will be a state title contender in the high jump, long jump, and hurdles, but he throws the shot well, too. At indoor nationals, Garland threw 49-6.5 en route to his pentathlon win. Outdoors, he even threw 51-5.75. He continues to prove that he's worth watching for regardless of where on the track or field you'll find him.

Watch highlights from the boys' shot put at last year's PTFCA Indoor State Championships and check out the top 350 returnees in the event below:

Shot Put

Rank Mark Athlete/Team Grade Meet Date Place
1 56-5
Selinsgrove
2018
2 55-8.5
South Fayette High School
2018
3 55-6
Glen Mills Schools
2018
4 53-11.25
Cathedral Prep
2019
5 53-9
Bensalem
2018
6 53-4
Bradford Area
2018
7 51-4
Penn Trafford
2018
8 49-9
Easton Area
2019
9 49-6.5
Germantown Academy
2018
10 49-4
Germantown Academy
2019
11 48-2.5
Fleetwood Area
2019
12 47-6.5
Southmoreland
2019
13 47-0.25
Selinsgrove
2018
14 46-9.75
Manheim Township
2018
15 46-6
Penncrest
2018
16 46-5.25
North Penn
2018
17 46-4
Dock Mennonite Academy
2018
18 46-2
The Haverford School for Boys
2019
19 46-0
State College Area High School
2019
20 45-11.5
Altoona Area
2020
21 45-10
Abington
2018
22 45-9.5
Hickory
2018
23 45-6.5
J.P. McCaskey
2018
24 45-5.75
Glen Mills Schools
2018
25 45-5
Scranton
2019
26 45-1.75
LaSalle College High School
2019
27 44-5
Central Bucks South
2018
28 44-2.5
Seneca Valley
2018
29 44-1
Moniteau
2018
30 43-9
Bishop Shanahan
2018
31 43-8
Malvern Prep
2018
31 43-8
Chartiers Valley
2019
33 43-7.5
Corry Area
2018
34 43-5
LaSalle College High School
2019
35 43-3
Danville Area
2018
36 42-10.5
LaSalle College High School
2019
37 42-8
J.P. McCaskey
2018
38 42-7.5
Glen Mills Schools
2018
39 42-6.75
Manheim Township
2018
40 42-4
Wilson (3)
2020
40 42-4
Downingtown East
2018
42 42-1.75
Pennsbury
2018
43 42-0
Canon-McMillan
2018
44 41-11.5
Germantown Academy
2019
45 41-11
Germantown Academy
2019
46 41-8.5
Perkiomen Valley
2019
47 41-8.25
Lower Moreland
2018
47 41-8.25
Cumberland Valley
2018
49 41-4
Bishop Shanahan
2018
50 41-3.75
Conwell-Egan
2018
51 41-2.5
Cumberland Valley
2018
52 41-1
Bethel Park
2019
53 40-11.5
Germantown Academy
2018
54 40-11
Hempfield Area (7)
2018
55 40-10
Moniteau
2019
56 40-8.75
Red Lion
2018
57 40-5
Downingtown East
2019
57 40-5
Bellefonte Area
2019
59 40-4.75
Central Bucks West
2018
60 40-4.5
Mid Valley Sr. High School
2018
61 40-4
Hempfield Area (7)
2018
62 40-2
Souderton Area
2019
63 40-1
Chambersburg
2020
64 40-0
Williamsport Area
2019
65 39-11.5
Northampton Area
2018
65 39-11.5
North Allegheny
2018
67 39-10.75
Hickory
2018
68 39-10
Shikellamy
2018
69 39-8
Hempfield Area (7)
2019
70 39-4
Mifflin County High School
2020
71 39-3
Corry Area
2018
72 39-1
Baldwin
2019
72 39-1
Freedom Area (7)
2018
74 39-0.5
Saint Joseph's Prep
2020
75 38-10.75
Perkiomen Valley
2018
76 38-10.25
Neshaminy
2018
77 38-9.5
Penn Trafford
2019
77 38-9.5
Methacton
2019
77 38-9.5
Northern
2018
80 38-6.5
Oil City
2018
81 38-6.25
Wilson (3)
2018
82 38-5.25
William Allen
2018
83 38-4
Milton Hershey
2018
84 38-3.75
Hopewell
2018
85 38-3
Methacton
2018
86 37-9.75
Corry Area
2018
87 37-9.5
Susquenita
2018
88 37-9
Upper Dublin
2019
89 37-7.25
Council Rock South
2018
90 37-5
Hempfield Area (7)
2019
91 37-4
Bradford Area
2018
92 37-3.5
Twin Valley
2018
93 37-3
North Penn
2019
93 37-3
Pennridge
2019
93 37-3
Malvern Prep
2019
96 37-0
Selinsgrove
2019
97 36-7
Downingtown East
2018
98 36-6
Hickory
2019
99 36-4
Neumann Goretti
2018
100 36-3
Radnor
2018
100 36-3
Hempfield Area (7)
2019
100 36-3
Great Valley
2018
103 36-2.5
Twin Valley
2018
104 36-2
Holy Ghost Preparatory School
2019
105 36-1.5
Upper Dublin
2018
106 36-1
Bradford Area
2018
107 36-0.5
Cheltenham
2018
108 35-10
Altoona Area
2019
108 35-10
Shenango
2018
110 35-8.5
Milton Hershey
2019
111 35-6.5
Bethlehem Catholic
2018
112 35-6
Riverside (7)
2018
113 35-4
Indiana Area
2018
113 35-4
Shenango
2018
115 35-3.5
West Chester East
2019
116 35-3
Perkiomen Valley
2019
117 35-2.75
Fox Chapel Area
2018
118 35-2
Moniteau
2018
119 35-1.5
Pennridge
2019
120 35-0
McConnellsburg
2018
120 35-0
Hempfield Area (7)
2020
122 34-11
Whitehall
2018
123 34-9.75
Easton Area
2018
124 34-9.5
Coatesville
2018
125 34-8.75
Ringgold
2019
126 34-8.5
Exeter
2019
127 34-8
Freedom Area (7)
2018
127 34-8
Glen Mills Schools
2018
129 34-7
Hempfield Area (7)
2020
130 34-5.75
Wyomissing Area
2018
131 34-5.5
Central Bucks East
2018
132 34-4.75
Hamburg Area
2019
133 34-3.5
Archbishop Ryan
2019
133 34-3.5
Shamokin Area
2019
135 34-3
Valley View
2018
136 34-1.5
Garnet Valley
2019
137 34-0
Bethel Park
2020
137 34-0
Shamokin Area
2019
137 34-0
Bishop Shanahan
2019
140 33-11.5
State College Area High School
2020
141 33-11
Council Rock North
2018
141 33-11
Meadville Area
2018
143 33-10.5
Church Farm School
2018
144 33-10
Ringgold
2019
144 33-10
North Penn
2018
144 33-10
Central Dauphin East (CD East)
2018
147 33-9.5
North Allegheny
2018
148 33-9
Trinity (7)
2019
149 33-8.5
Penn Hills
2018
150 33-8.25
Father Judge
2018
151 33-8
Butler
2018
151 33-8
Wilson (3)
2018
153 33-7.5
Lower Moreland
2018
154 33-7
Saint Joseph's Catholic Academy
2018
154 33-7
Southern Columbia Area
2019
154 33-7
George School
2018
157 33-4.75
Indiana Area
2018
158 33-4.5
Milton Hershey
2019
159 33-3
LaSalle College High School
2020
160 33-2.25
Methacton
2018
161 33-1
Wilson (3)
2019
162 33-0.5
Archbishop Ryan
2020
163 33-0
Kane Area
2019
164 32-11
Shamokin Area
2020
165 32-10.25
Conestoga
2018
166 32-10
Red Land
2019
166 32-10
Butler
2018
168 32-8
Germantown Academy
2019
168 32-8
World Communications Charter School
2018
170 32-7.5
Downingtown West
2019
171 32-5.75
Downingtown West
2019
172 32-5.5
Connellsville
2018
173 32-4
Radnor
2018
173 32-4
Boyertown
2018
175 32-3
Reading
2018
176 32-2.75
Meadville Area
2020
177 32-2.5
Wyalusing Valley Area
2019
177 32-2.5
Neshaminy
2018
179 32-2
J.P. McCaskey
2020
179 32-2
Harriton
2018
181 32-1.5
Freedom Area (7)
2020
182 32-1.25
Pottsville Area
2019
183 32-1
Cheltenham
2018
184 32-0.5
Easton Area
2020
185 32-0
Father Judge
2020
185 32-0
Archbishop Ryan
2018
185 32-0
Marple Newtown
2018
188 31-11
Pennridge
2020
189 31-8.5
Hickory
2018
190 31-7.5
Abington
2018
190 31-7.5
Chartiers Valley
2019
192 31-7
Kutztown Area
2020
193 31-6.75
Oil City
2018
194 31-6.5
Greenwood
2018
195 31-6
Haverford Township HS
2019
195 31-6
Malvern Prep
2018
195 31-6
LaSalle College High School
2019
198 31-5
Wyalusing Valley Area
2019
199 31-4.5
Bensalem
2019
200 31-4
Kutztown Area
2018
201 31-3
Kiski Area
2020
202 31-1
Germantown Academy
2019
202 31-1
Upper Moreland
2018
202 31-1
Ephrata
2018
205 31-0.75
Father Judge
2018
206 31-0
Chester
2018
206 31-0
North Allegheny
2018
206 31-0
Shaler Area
2018
209 30-11
Fleetwood Area
2020
210 30-10
Hatboro Horsham
2019
211 30-9.75
Red Lion
2018
212 30-9
Hollidaysburg Area
2018
213 30-8.5
Radnor
2019
214 30-8
Methacton
2019
215 30-5.75
Mid Valley Junior High School
2022
216 30-5
Cardinal O'Hara
2020
216 30-5
Penncrest
2019
216 30-5
Haverford Township HS
2018
216 30-5
Wilson (3)
2020
220 30-3.75
Punxsutawney Area
2020
221 30-3.5
Indiana Area
2018
222 30-3.25
Garnet Valley
2019
223 30-2.75
Hempfield (3)
2018
224 30-1.5
Mercersburg Academy
2018
225 29-10
Mid Valley Sr. High School
2019
226 29-9
Southern Lehigh
2018
227 29-8.5
West Chester Rustin
2020
227 29-8.5
Freedom Area (7)
2020
229 29-7
Council Rock North
2020
229 29-7
Pottsville Area
2018
231 29-6.75
West Catholic
2019
232 29-5.5
Devon Preparatory School
2018
233 29-5.25
Cumberland Valley
2020
234 29-4
Mercersburg Academy
2018
234 29-4
Abington
2018
234 29-4
William Tennent
2018
234 29-4
Bloomsburg
2020
234 29-4
West Chester East
2018
239 29-3.75
Ringgold
2020
240 29-3
Council Rock North
2018
240 29-3
Quakertown
2020
242 29-2
Upper Moreland
2018
242 29-2
Cumberland Valley
2019
244 29-1
Mid Valley Junior High School
2021
245 29-0.75
Radnor
2018
246 29-0
Trinity (7)
2019
247 28-11.5
Chester
2020
248 28-11.25
Pennsbury
2018
249 28-11
Swenson Arts & Technology
2018
250 28-10.25
Upper Darby
2018
251 28-10
Germantown Academy
2018
251 28-10
Loyalsock Township
2018
253 28-9
Hatboro Horsham
2020
254 28-8.25
Slippery Rock Area
2019
255 28-7.5
North Penn
2019
255 28-7.5
Warwick
2019
257 28-6.5
Lower Merion
2019
257 28-6.5
Neshaminy
2019
257 28-6.5
Roman Catholic
2019
260 28-6
Central Bucks East
2018
261 28-5.5
Bloomsburg
2018
262 28-5
Cumberland Valley
2019
262 28-5
LaSalle College High School
2019
264 28-4.5
Plymouth Whitemarsh
2019
265 28-3
Bishop McDevitt
2020
266 28-2.5
Avon Grove
2020
267 28-2.25
The Hill School
2018
268 28-2
Springfield (Delco)
2019
269 28-1.5
Upper Moreland
2019
269 28-1.5
J.P. McCaskey
2019
271 28-0.25
Roman Catholic
2020
272 28-0
Baldwin
2019
273 27-9.5
Hollidaysburg Area
2019
274 27-8.25
Central Bucks West
2020
275 27-7.5
Lower Moreland
2018
276 27-7
Upper Moreland
2018
277 27-6
Peters Township
2020
277 27-6
Butler
2019
279 27-5
Germantown Academy
2020
280 27-4.5
Chester
2018
281 27-4
Penncrest
2020
281 27-4
LaSalle College High School
2019
283 27-3.75
Neshaminy
2018
284 27-3
Shenango
2019
285 27-2
Plymouth Whitemarsh
2019
285 27-2
Germantown Friends School
2020
285 27-2
Mount Lebanon
2018
288 27-1
Archbishop Ryan
2018
289 27-0
The Hill School
2018
289 27-0
Radnor
2019
291 26-10.75
Perkiomen School
2018
292 26-10
Southern Columbia Area
2020
293 26-9
Plymouth Whitemarsh
2019
294 26-8.25
Avon Grove
2020
295 26-7
Trinity (7)
2019
295 26-7
Bishop McDevitt
2020
297 26-6
Council Rock South
2019
298 26-5.75
Southern Lehigh
2020
299 26-5
Hempfield (3)
2019
299 26-5
Spring Ford
2019
301 26-4
Upper Darby
2019
301 26-4
Marion Center Area
2018
303 26-2.5
Perkiomen School
2020
304 26-2
Upper Darby
2019
304 26-2
Roman Catholic
2020
306 26-1
Trinity (7)
2019
306 26-1
Neumann Goretti
2018
308 25-11.25
State College Area High School
2020
308 25-11.25
Central Bucks East
2019
310 25-11
Ringgold
2019
311 25-10
Marple Newtown
2019
311 25-10
Great Valley
2020
313 25-9
Mid Valley Sr. High School
2019
313 25-9
Punxsutawney Area
2020
315 25-8.5
Mid Valley Junior High School
2019
315 25-8.5
Plymouth Whitemarsh
2019
317 25-8
Council Rock North
2019
318 25-6.5
Lower Merion
2019
319 25-6
Pittston Area
2023
320 25-4.5
Upper Moreland
2019
320 25-4.5
Meadville Area
2020
322 25-3.5
Bensalem
2019
323 25-3
Pennridge
2020
324 25-2
Conwell-Egan
2019
324 25-2
North Penn
2019
324 25-2
Greater Latrobe
2019
327 25-1.25
Great Valley
2018
327 25-1.25
Avon Grove
2020
329 25-1
Highlands
2020
330 25-0
Hershey
2020
331 24-7
Penn Wood
2019
331 24-7
Shenango
2018
333 24-6.5
Southern Lehigh
2018
334 24-6
Boyertown
2020
335 24-4.5
Cumberland Valley
2020
336 24-0
Bethel Park
2020
337 23-10.5
Punxsutawney Area
2020
338 23-6
Marion Center Area
2020
339 23-2
Friends' Central
2020
340 23-1.25
Perkiomen School
2019
341 23-0
Wyomissing Area
2019
342 22-10
Mount Lebanon
2020
343 22-7
Conestoga
2020
344 22-5
Peters Township
2019
345 22-4
Mid Valley Sr. High School
2019
346 22-3.5
William Allen
2019
347 21-8
Marple Newtown
2019
348 21-6
Hatboro Horsham
2019
349 20-0
Springfield (Delco)
2020
350 19-11.75
Neumann Goretti
2020
351 19-11.5
Eastern Lebanon County
2019
352 19-10.75
Ringgold
2020
353 19-9
Laurel Highlands
2020
354 19-6.5
West Chester Henderson
2020
355 19-1
Ringgold
2020
356 18-7
Mount Lebanon
2020

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