ShareThis Page
Track

Knoch's Geist breaks 44-year-old WPIAL shot put record

Paul Schofield
| Thursday, May 19, 2016, 10:27 p.m.
Knoch's Jordan Geist competes in the Class AAA shot put  at the WPIAL track and field championships Thursday, May 19, 2016, at Baldwin. Geist won the event with a WPIAL-record put of 72 feet, 7 inches.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review
Knoch's Jordan Geist competes in the Class AAA shot put at the WPIAL track and field championships Thursday, May 19, 2016, at Baldwin. Geist won the event with a WPIAL-record put of 72 feet, 7 inches.
Greensburg Salem's Julia Howard competes in the Class AAA long jump event at the WPIAL Track and Field Championship at Baldwin High School on Thursday, May 19, 2016 in Baldwin.
Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review
Greensburg Salem's Julia Howard competes in the Class AAA long jump event at the WPIAL Track and Field Championship at Baldwin High School on Thursday, May 19, 2016 in Baldwin.
Boys compete in the Class AAA 3200 meter run event at the WPIAL Track and Field Championship at Baldwin High School on Thursday, May 19, 2016 in Baldwin.
Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review
Boys compete in the Class AAA 3200 meter run event at the WPIAL Track and Field Championship at Baldwin High School on Thursday, May 19, 2016 in Baldwin.
North Allegheny's Andrew Manz competes in the Class AAA javelin event at the WPIAL Track and Field Championship at Baldwin High School on Thursday, May 19, 2016 in Baldwin.
Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review
North Allegheny's Andrew Manz competes in the Class AAA javelin event at the WPIAL Track and Field Championship at Baldwin High School on Thursday, May 19, 2016 in Baldwin.
Hempfield's Hayden Fox competes in the Class AAA pole vault event at the WPIAL Track and Field Championship at Baldwin High School on Thursday, May 19, 2016 in Baldwin.
Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review
Hempfield's Hayden Fox competes in the Class AAA pole vault event at the WPIAL Track and Field Championship at Baldwin High School on Thursday, May 19, 2016 in Baldwin.
Pine-Richland's Joey Kelly reacts after a cleared attempt in the Class AAA pole vault event at the WPIAL Track and Field Championship at Baldwin High School on Thursday, May 19, 2016 in Baldwin.
Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review
Pine-Richland's Joey Kelly reacts after a cleared attempt in the Class AAA pole vault event at the WPIAL Track and Field Championship at Baldwin High School on Thursday, May 19, 2016 in Baldwin.
Norwin's Dylan Colcombe reacts after a failed attempt in the Class AAA pole vault event at the WPIAL Track and Field Championship at Baldwin High School on Thursday, May 19, 2016 in Baldwin.
Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review
Norwin's Dylan Colcombe reacts after a failed attempt in the Class AAA pole vault event at the WPIAL Track and Field Championship at Baldwin High School on Thursday, May 19, 2016 in Baldwin.
Penn-Trafford's Bryce Biskup competes in the Class AAA javelin event at the WPIAL Track and Field Championship at Baldwin High School on Thursday, May 19, 2016 in Baldwin.
Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review
Penn-Trafford's Bryce Biskup competes in the Class AAA javelin event at the WPIAL Track and Field Championship at Baldwin High School on Thursday, May 19, 2016 in Baldwin.
West Allegheny's Skylar Mason competes in the Class AAA javelin event at the WPIAL Track and Field Championship at Baldwin High School on Thursday, May 19, 2016 in Baldwin.
Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review
West Allegheny's Skylar Mason competes in the Class AAA javelin event at the WPIAL Track and Field Championship at Baldwin High School on Thursday, May 19, 2016 in Baldwin.
Greensburg Salem's Julia Howard celebrates her jump with coach Bob Lehman in the Class AAA long jump event at the WPIAL Track and Field Championship at Baldwin High School on Thursday, May 19, 2016 in Baldwin.
Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review
Greensburg Salem's Julia Howard celebrates her jump with coach Bob Lehman in the Class AAA long jump event at the WPIAL Track and Field Championship at Baldwin High School on Thursday, May 19, 2016 in Baldwin.
Knoch's Jordan Geist competes in the Class AAA discus event at the WPIAL Track and Field Championships on Thursday, May 19, 2016, at Baldwin.
Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review
Knoch's Jordan Geist competes in the Class AAA discus event at the WPIAL Track and Field Championships on Thursday, May 19, 2016, at Baldwin.
Connellsville's Madison Wiltrout competes in the Class AAA javelin event at the WPIAL Track and Field Championship at Baldwin High School on Thursday, May 19, 2016 in Baldwin.
Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review
Connellsville's Madison Wiltrout competes in the Class AAA javelin event at the WPIAL Track and Field Championship at Baldwin High School on Thursday, May 19, 2016 in Baldwin.
Central Valley's Jacob White competes in the Class AAA discus event at the WPIAL Track and Field Championship at Baldwin High School on Thursday, May 19, 2016 in Baldwin.
Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review
Central Valley's Jacob White competes in the Class AAA discus event at the WPIAL Track and Field Championship at Baldwin High School on Thursday, May 19, 2016 in Baldwin.
Greensburg Salem's Julia Howard competes in the Class AAA long jump event at the WPIAL Track and Field Championship at Baldwin High School on Thursday, May 19, 2016 in Baldwin.
Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review
Greensburg Salem's Julia Howard competes in the Class AAA long jump event at the WPIAL Track and Field Championship at Baldwin High School on Thursday, May 19, 2016 in Baldwin.
Connellsville's Madison Wiltrout competes in the Class AAA javelin event at the WPIAL Track and Field Championship at Baldwin High School on Thursday, May 19, 2016 in Baldwin.
Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review
Connellsville's Madison Wiltrout competes in the Class AAA javelin event at the WPIAL Track and Field Championship at Baldwin High School on Thursday, May 19, 2016 in Baldwin.
Connellsville's Madison Wiltrout competes in the Class AAA javelin event at the WPIAL Track and Field Championship at Baldwin High School on Thursday, May 19, 2016 in Baldwin.
Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review
Connellsville's Madison Wiltrout competes in the Class AAA javelin event at the WPIAL Track and Field Championship at Baldwin High School on Thursday, May 19, 2016 in Baldwin.
North Allegheny's Ayden Owens wins the Class AAA 300-meter hurdles at the WPIAL track and field championships at Baldwin.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review
North Allegheny's Ayden Owens wins the Class AAA 300-meter hurdles at the WPIAL track and field championships at Baldwin.
Peters Township's Nick Wolk wins the Class AAA 3200 Meter Run at the WPIAL Track and Field Championships at Baldwin High School on Thursday, May 19, 2016, in Baldwin.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review
Peters Township's Nick Wolk wins the Class AAA 3200 Meter Run at the WPIAL Track and Field Championships at Baldwin High School on Thursday, May 19, 2016, in Baldwin.
North Allegheny's Clara Savchik celebrates after winning the Class AAA 3200 Meter Run at the WPIAL Track and Field Championships at Baldwin High School on Thursday, May 19, 2016, in Baldwin.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review
North Allegheny's Clara Savchik celebrates after winning the Class AAA 3200 Meter Run at the WPIAL Track and Field Championships at Baldwin High School on Thursday, May 19, 2016, in Baldwin.
Penn Hills anchor Alex Trower stretches to win the Class AAA 400-meter relay at the WPIAL Track and Field Championships at Baldwin High School on Thursday, May 19, 2016.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review
Penn Hills anchor Alex Trower stretches to win the Class AAA 400-meter relay at the WPIAL Track and Field Championships at Baldwin High School on Thursday, May 19, 2016.
Kiski Area's Jace Roundtree beats Mt. Lebanon's Patrick Kimball in the Class AAA 110-meter hurdles at the WPIAL track and field championships on Thursday, May 19, 2016, at Baldwin.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review
Kiski Area's Jace Roundtree beats Mt. Lebanon's Patrick Kimball in the Class AAA 110-meter hurdles at the WPIAL track and field championships on Thursday, May 19, 2016, at Baldwin.
Seneca Valley's Mike Kolor sprints to a first-place finish in the Class AAA 800-meter run at the WPIAL Track and Field Championships on Thursday, May 19, 2016, at Baldwin.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review
Seneca Valley's Mike Kolor sprints to a first-place finish in the Class AAA 800-meter run at the WPIAL Track and Field Championships on Thursday, May 19, 2016, at Baldwin.
Hempfield's Gabby Holmberg compete in the Class AAA Triple Jump at the WPIAL Track and Field Championships at Baldwin High School on Thursday, May 19, 2016, in Baldwin.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review
Hempfield's Gabby Holmberg compete in the Class AAA Triple Jump at the WPIAL Track and Field Championships at Baldwin High School on Thursday, May 19, 2016, in Baldwin.
Greensburg Salem's Julia Howard competes in the Class AAA Triple Jump at the WPIAL Track and Field Championships at Baldwin High School on Thursday, May 19, 2016, in Baldwin. Howard won the event with a jump of  38-10.75
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review
Greensburg Salem's Julia Howard competes in the Class AAA Triple Jump at the WPIAL Track and Field Championships at Baldwin High School on Thursday, May 19, 2016, in Baldwin. Howard won the event with a jump of 38-10.75
Greensburg Salem's Lawson Monta competes in the Class AAA Shot Put at the WPIAL Track and Field Championships at Baldwin High School on Thursday, May 19, 2016, in Baldwin. Monta finished second in the event.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review
Greensburg Salem's Lawson Monta competes in the Class AAA Shot Put at the WPIAL Track and Field Championships at Baldwin High School on Thursday, May 19, 2016, in Baldwin. Monta finished second in the event.
Hempfield's Dominic Marshall competes in the Class AAA Shot Put at the WPIAL Track and Field Championships at Baldwin High School on Thursday, May 19, 2016, in Baldwin. Marshall finished third in the event.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review
Hempfield's Dominic Marshall competes in the Class AAA Shot Put at the WPIAL Track and Field Championships at Baldwin High School on Thursday, May 19, 2016, in Baldwin. Marshall finished third in the event.
Knoch's Jordan Geist competes in the Class AAA Shot Put  at the WPIAL Track and Field Championships at Baldwin High School on Thursday, May 19, 2016, in Baldwin. Geist won the event with a throw of 72 feet, 7 inches setting a WPIAL record..
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review
Knoch's Jordan Geist competes in the Class AAA Shot Put at the WPIAL Track and Field Championships at Baldwin High School on Thursday, May 19, 2016, in Baldwin. Geist won the event with a throw of 72 feet, 7 inches setting a WPIAL record..

The oldest WPIAL Class AAA track and field record is now history.

That's because Knoch junior Jordan Geist threw the shot put 72 feet, 7 inches to break the 44-year old meet record set by Baldwin's Ron Semkiw (70-13⁄4) in 1972.

Geist has been close to the mark in previous meets but finally beat the mark Thursday at the WPIAL Class AAA championships at Baldwin.

Geist also won the discus with a throw of 192-11, missing the meet record of 193-7 held by Upper St. Clair's Mark White, which was set in 1985. Geist has posted four of the best throws in the state in the shot.

With Semkiw cheering him on, Geist unleashed his record-breaking throw. Semkiw has been at numerous events watching Geist, including the Baldwin Invitational on May 6.

“It was awesome, especially having Ron here supporting me,” Geist said. “There is great competition here, and it was awesome to repeat what I did a year ago.

“It wasn't the technical throw I was looking for. I'd like to break the state meet record. The discus mark, I wasn't trying for that.”

Geist wasn't the only double winner.

Seneca Valley distance runner Mike Kolor won the 1,600- and 800-meter runs, West Mifflin's Micah Watts won the 200 and long jump, Butler sprinter Emily Horstman took first in the 100 and 200, and Greensburg Salem jumper Julia Howard won the long and triple jumps. Watts also placed second to Armstrong's Zane Dudek in the 100.

Howard said it turned out to be the best day of her career, winning the two jump events.

“This was an awesome day,” Howard said. “I was hoping to win both events. I was confident I could.

“I've taken second in the triple jump the past two seasons, and I'm looking forward to states. If I perform the same way next week at Shippensburg, I like my chances.”

Connellsville's Madison Wiltrout captured her third straight javelin title, but it wasn't her best day.

Wiltrout, who is coming off elbow surgery, threw 144-8.

“I really couldn't connect (Thursday),” Wiltrout said. “The arm and shoulder is a little sore, but I still have another week. This was just another step.”

This was the first time Wiltrout attempted more than two throws in an event; it was only her fourth time competing this season.

“That's a positive, being a three-time winner,” Wiltrout said. “It wasn't my best, but I still got the medal.”

Hempfield junior Gabby Holmberg qualified for states in four events — 300 hurdles, long jump, triple jump and 1,600 relay. She placed second in the hurdles and fourth in the triple jump.

Paul Schofield is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at pschofield@tribweb.com or via Twitter @Schofield_Trib.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.

click me