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Cocalico freshman claims State indoor shot put title
By: TODD RUTH Review Sports Editor firstname.lastname@example.org, Staff Writer
Cocalico freshman thrower Emily Stauffer announced her mere presence in the shot put back on Jan. 25 in a meet at F&M.
That day, she heaved it 41 feet, 7.5 inches, to set the high mark in the shot put in the state of Pennsylvania this year.
This past Saturday at the PTFCA State Indoor Championships held at Penn State’s Multi-Sport Facility, she took ownership of the event. On her first throw of the day Saturday, Stauffer unleashed a bomb. When it was measured out, Stauffer had eclipsed her previous State high by nearly two feet.
And while that ended up being her best of the day, it was the only one she needed as she defeated 14 others to win the State gold with a heave of 43-6.75.
"It was just an awesome feeling," Stauffer said of winning the gold. "I felt really accomplished, like all of my hard work was paying off. To be able to accomplish something like that at such a young age… I was really happy."
The self-described slow starter said she was a bit shocked to get off her best throw so early. However, she wanted to make a statement and did.
"I was really surprised because usually I start out at a much slower pace," Stauffer said. "I was really excited that I could get that on the first one and set the tone for everyone and have them follow me instead of following them."
Her throw at F&M had held the top spot in the State until Rachel DeMaria of Middlesex bested it just a week ago. That, she said, helped fuel the fire Saturday.
"I definitely used her throw as motivation to get out there strong, so I put everything into it and it just basically came together on that one throw," she said.
In addition to her winning throw, she reached 42-6.25 on her second toss and 42-4 in her fourth round put. Anyone of those would have been good enough to win.
Taylor Hojnacki of Central Bucks South was a distant second with a toss of 40-10, while Hempfield Area’s Rachel Fyalkowski grabbed third (40-9.25).
With the success she has earned in the winter, Stauffer, who was the starting goalie for the Cocalico field hockey team this past fall, said the transition into her first spring high school season should be a smooth one.
"It definitely puts me in a good mindset because now I know I can throw 43, and I can probably do better than that. It’s just going to give me confidence for the spring. I’ll be able to know that (43 feet) is just where I begin."