United’s Kennedy Fletcher is relatively unflappable.
The Lions’ senior thrower won the discus throw on Friday at the 65th annual West Central Coaches Invitational at Mansion Park.
“I don’t really get nervous at these big meets,” said Fletcher, who came into the event seeded third. “If someone is ahead of me, then it’s just more incentive for me to do better. I just have never gotten real excited. My coach always asks me if I have any emotions. I’m happy when I do well, but I don’t scream or anything.”
The low-key Fletcher had a winning throw of 120 feet, 1 inch, which was a state qualifying standard, but not her best this season.
“This was my second farthest throw. I had a 122-feet before, but I was still pretty happy today,” Fletcher said. “I was hoping to do well in the discus.”
Fletcher had just one throw in the javelin before she had a back pain, but still ended up 12th.
The senior says she wants to continue to improve and work toward the school throwing records in discus, javelin and shot put.
“I’ve been trying to break the school record, but they are pretty high,” Fletcher said. “Discus is 136, javelin is 133 and shot is 40, but that isn’t my best event.”
Fletcher said that throwing is all about technique and that the United coaches have worked with her to help her to continue to strive for a return trip to the PIAA Championships.
Second was a popular position for many of the area competitors in Class AA, including Bishop Carroll freshman Brittany Krug in the javelin, Forest Hills sophomore Kaitlyn Kline in the long jump, Bishop Carroll senior Carrie D’Andrea in the 300 hurdles, Forest Hills senior Brooke Novotny in the 100 hurdles, Penn Cambria senior Marissa Myers in the high jump, Westmont Hilltop senior Hannah Dorian in the 3200 and Berlin Brothersvalley’s Gina Trulick in the 800.
The highest finishing Class AAA girl was Greater Johnstown junior Tashauna Smith, third in the 100 dash.
Two of Westmont Hilltop’s relays, the 3200 (Taylor Kaseler, Emily Tyger, Maura Glennon, Hannah Dorian) and the 400 (Emily Mundy, Shayla Salter, Bridget Sheehan, Sara Trio) were also both second.
The top five Class AA teams were Johnsonburg (78 points), Elk County Catholic (68), Bellwood-Antis (57), Forest Hills (52) and Westmont Hilltop (44).
Note: There was just one girls’ record on Friday. Tyrone sophomore Erika Voyzey jumped 5-7 in the high jump to better the mark of 5-6.25 set by Northern Cambria’s Janae Dunchack in 2008.