Stauffer, Janis claim State medals Freshman earns silver in shot put

By on May 29, 2013


TODD RUTH Review Sports Editor

, Staff Writer

Jhett Janis of Cocalico launches the javelin Saturday at the State Meet in Shippensburg. Janis went on to place seventh. (Photo by Preston Whitcraft)

Cocalico freshman Emily Stauffer has accomplished so much in the shot put in such a little amount of time.

Prior to the high school season, she captured the gold medal at the State indoor meet. Along the way, she qualified for the prestigious Penn Relays, set the school record (43-10) and won both L-L League and District Three gold medals.

Not bad for a ninth grader.

And this past Friday in the wind and rain at Shippensburg University, Stauffer capped off her incredible first varsity season by claiming a State silver medal in the shot.

On her second throw of the day, Stauffer uncorked a throw of 42-11 1/4 to finish second only to top-seeded Courtney McCartney, a sophomore who won it with a throw of 45-5 1/2.

"It was awesome," Stauffer said of winning her silver medal. "It was just a really big accomplishment for me."

Stauffer was one of two medal winners from Cocalico this weekend. The other was junior Jhett Janis, who placed seventh in the javelin with a throw of 179-6.

Stauffer, who came in as the sixth seed, was in second place after the preliminaries and stayed there through the final round.

"As a staff we were thrilled with Emily’s performance at States," Cocalico Coach Ron Derr said. "She had an excellent, very consistent series of throws. And from my perspective she was very relaxed and enjoyed the competition. I believe it was actually an advantage for her in not going into this meet with an extremely high seed. She seemed much more confident and relaxed in her approach this week as compared to how she looked in the circle last week at Districts. She had a tremendous week of practice and the results speak for themselves with her performance."

Stauffer said winning the silver was a great way to cap off the year.

"It was an awesome year," she said. "I got most of my goals accomplished. I broke the school record and I wanted to do that during my freshman year. And I made it to States, I made it to Districts, Leagues…I mean I basically threw with the top people in the State. It was an awesome experience."

Derr was equally excited about her freshman year and the prospects of having her in a Cocalico uniform for three more seasons.

"To sum up her freshman year…Wow!," he said. "When you consider her accomplishments this year, just wow! And we believe the potential exists for significant improvement…double wow!"

As for Janis, who hit 204-6 earlier this season and won both L-L and District silver medals, the junior got off a solid 179-6 throw on his first attempt Saturday in extreme windy conditions. Unfortunately, that was his best throw of the day as he fouled on four of his last five throws of the competition.

Manheim Central’s Cole Proffitt threw 201-1 to win the gold.

"Saturday was not the type of day you would order to compete in javelin, well really any track events," Derr said of the weather conditions. "Jhett did not have that A+ type of day you dream about having in the State Meet, but he pushed through to earn a state medal which is always a remarkable accomplishment. Jhett, like Emily, had an absolutely fantastic year for us. Finishing the year as a Penn Relays participant, a League, District and State medalist, it doesn’t get much better than that. Although I’m sure for next year Jhett will be hungry to do even more."

In addition to the medal winners from Cocalico, several other athletes competed at States.

Cocalico senior Shea Evans closed out a nice season, finishing in a tie for ninth place with two others in the boys AAA high jump. Evans finished off his high school career with a leap of 6-4.

And junior Marissa Gingrich had an outstanding post-season run come to a close at States Friday as she placed ninth in her heat in the girls AAA 800 and did not advance to the finals. Her final time of the season was 2:20.01, which placed her 17th overall.

"Shea had an absolutely outstanding season for us this year," Derr said. "He was so incredibly consistent in an event that is not easy for that to happen. He again cleared 6-4 and just missed being in the top 8 in the state. His preparation, focus and desire are a credit to the young man he has grown into. Something that I also appreciate about Shea is that when he has taken his final jump he always shakes the hands of all the event officials and any athletes remaining in the competition. He has developed a tremendous sense of sportsmanship."

"And I was also extremely proud of Marissa for the season she had," he continued. "Going into this year I don’t think any coach on our staff would have predicted that she would be a state qualifier, district and league medalist, and new school record holder in the 800. She improved on her seeded position and finished 17th on an extremely challenging day to compete on the track."

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