- Associated Press - Friday, May 26, 2017

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. (AP) - Knoch High School’s Jordan Geist had an eye on breaking his own PIAA record in the AAA shot put, but settled Friday for his third state title at the PIAA Track & Field Championships at Shippensburg University.

Geist, who was throwing nearly 10 feet farther than the field, tossed a mark of 71-4.5 on his first throw of the finals, but fouled on his final two attempts - including one that surpassed the 75-foot mark.

“The adrenaline was crazy today,” Geist said. “I had a really great practice yesterday and felt good coming in, but my technique broke down a little coming out of the back of the circle because of all of the adrenaline.”

After the event, Geist measured the monster throw he’d fouled on - just to see if it surpassed his former record of 74-03.5.

“Seventy-six even,” he shouted to the group of more than 200 spectators.

“We were able to fix some of (the mechanics) in the finals, but unfortunately I fouled the biggest throw I’ve ever had here,” Geist said. “So first thing I have to do is try to drain all of the emotion I have and get ready for the discus tomorrow. Hopefully we can get the same type of adrenaline and the mindset we had today.”

Geist is back on Saturday as the top-seeded AAA discus thrower by more than 20 feet.

Payden Montana of Berwick paced the field in the girls’ AAA shot put with a winning throw and personal record of 47-3.

“All year I’ve been working really hard for this and to finally get here and get the gold is great,” Montana said. “But when I hit the 46 (on the second throw of finals) I knew I had more. It was kind of a stepping stone, so I knew my next one was going to be big.”

Montana improved on each of her final throws by more than a foot each, and felt that she has more in her pocket for the New Balance Outdoor Nationals next month.

Nicholas Marino of Hatboro-Horsham claimed gold in the boys’ AAA pole vault, clearing 16-0.

Tori McKinley of Hickory claimed the girls’ AA discus title with a throw of 150-02, besting the field by more than 8 feet. On the track, Carlisle’s Sam Affolder paced the competition in the boys’ AA 1600 to move on to the finals as top seed with a 4:17.51 finish.

Josh Booth of McConnellsburg earned the No. 1 seed in the boys’ AA 300 hurdle finals with a prelim time of 39.58, while his teammate McKenzie Gelvin claimed the top seed in the girls’ AA 800 with a prelim time of 2:17.96.

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