PTFCA Indoor States Preview: Boys' Field

Boys' Shot Put Preview

It's been another strong year in the boys shot put, as three boys enter Sunday's state meet with bests over 60 feet and those three all sit within the nation's top ten. A good one is brewing here.

The top seed and favorite is Fleetwood Area's Jeff Kline. After knocking on the doorstep of 60 feet, Kline busted out a big throw of 62-10 at Kevin Dare. He followed that up a few weeks later with a 62-11.5, which puts him at PA No. 1 and US No. 2 entering the weekend. He took third last year, but his sights are surely set on his first state crown, and he's put up the numbers prove he could be ready to do it.

But Kline will have challengers in the form of the other two that have put up throws over 60 feet this season. Wilmington's Connor Vass-Gal has been very consistent this season. He tossed his best of 61-3.75 (US No. 5) at Youngstown State and then a week later threw 61-2 again at YSU. He's hitting his marks at the right time and will be a tough one to beat on Sunday. He was fifth at indoor states last year.

Somerset Area's Dustin Hyde looks to be peaking at the right time. He had a major PR to win the TSTCA title last week with a US No. 9 60-3.5. That makes him another contender for the win in this deep field and he'll be looking to replicate that series on Sunday. His brother -- Nick Hyde -- was second at indoor states last year.

Fairview's Eric Schulz will look to eclipse the 60-foot barrier on Sunday. He threw 59-7 at SPIRE a few weeks back and has been throwing at a high level all winter long. Expect him to compete for a high finish.

There are two other returning state medalists in this field from last winter. Wilson's Jack Miller had a big day and took fourth last year. He threw an indoor PR of 54-11 earlier this season and should be a contender for a high placing yet again. Chambersburg's Brock Harmon took eighth last year to get that last medal. With a SB of 54-10.5, he'll aim to improve on that finish.

Meanwhile, Notre Dame-Green Pond's Thomas Kitchell (56-8.75), Plum's Logan Parker (55-9.25), and Lewisburg Area's Josh Gose (55-7.5) all have strong season bests that will make them contenders in this incredibly deep shot put field. Kitchell, a discus state champion last spring, has claimed seven shot put victories this indoor season.

This will be a great event that you don't want to miss on Sunday.

Event 24  Boys Shot Put
 9 to the finals
 Meet Record:  75-03.75  2/25/2017   Jordan Geist, Knoch                       
               51-00.00  SGQ State Guideline
     Name                        Year School                                
  1  Adele, Chilekasi              12 Bonner/Prendie                     
  2  Allen, Angelo                 10 Penn Hills                         
  3  Bailor, Allan                 11 Jim Thorpe                         
  4  Cotterman, Aryan              12 Meadville                          
  5  Dippre, Cj                    11 Lakeland                           
  6  Gingrich, Brock               12 Cocalico                           
  7  Gose, Josh                    12 Lewisburg                          
  8  Guevara, Kevin                12 CB West                            
  9  Gustafson, Nick               12 Shippensburg                       
 10  Harmon, Brock                 12 Chambersburg                       
 11  Hyde, Dustin                  11 Somerset Area                      
 12  Kitchell, Thomas              12 Notre Dame GP                      
 13  Kline, Jeff                   12 Fleetwood Ar                       
 14  Lambrecht, Dylan              11 Nthrn Lebanon                      
 15  Mayer, Levi                   12 Arch Wood                          
 16  Miller, Jack                  12 Wilson (3)                         
 17  Norris, Daniel                11 Hempfield Area                     
 18  Parker, Logan                 11 Plum                               
 19  Schulz, Eric                  12 Fairview                           
 20  Vass-Gal, Connor              11 Wilmington