A few of the state's best throwers took their talents to New York on Sunday for the 12th Rock Throws Invitational in Middletown. Two of them -- Matthew Prebola and Collin Burkhart -- came away with PA No. 1 performances.
Prebola, of Tunkhannock, improved on his own state lead in the javelin, winning with a toss of 210-0. Prebola already held the PA No. 1 spot after a throw of 205-6, so it's a nice PR. It's also a US No. 2, trailing only Bryce Kazmaier of Missouri, who threw his national-leading mark of 211-0 in the beginning of April. Prebola, however, is the nation's top junior in the javelin by over ten feet.
Burkhart bettered his own US No. 1 in the hammer throw. The Nazareth Area senior and Penn State recruit threw a new PR of 226-0.25 for the win. That's a few feet improvement on his previous national-leading mark of 223-6.25 from last month.
Burkhart also eclipsed the 200-foot mark for the second time this season in the javelin. He placed second to Prebola, posting a best mark of 201-3.75, just off his PA No. 2 season best of 202-5.