Burrell's Weimer looks to cap career with 8th PIAA medal
SHIPPENSBURG — A year ago, as Lizzie Weimer remembers, she practiced her shot put skills in the parking lot of the hotel where she stayed for the state championships.
And, it was raining.
“All you need is a line to make sure you're linear,” she said. “There was some grass, so we just threw it into the grass.”
This year, the Burrell senior planned to find a more conventional practice area but was just as determined to do whatever it took to be ready for Saturday's competition. Weimer's fifth-place discus medal had hung around her neck only for a few minutes Friday when already she'd switched her focus elsewhere.
“I'm ready to kick it into gear for shot put,” she said.
Weimer entered the PIAA track and field championships as the third seed in Class AA girls discus, so she wasn't entirely satisfied with her fifth-place performance. Her best throw was her first, which cleared 131 feet, 7 inches. That was 7 feet shorter than her qualifying toss last week at the WPIAL meet, but there still was reason to celebrate.
Weimer earned a state discus medal for the fourth year in a row and now can do the same in shot put.
“I'm happy to medal,” she said. “I'm really thankful to get this opportunity. I know a lot of people don't even make it to (states). I'm really thankful for that, but it's just not my personal best, so I'm not ecstatic.”
Hickory senior Tori McKinley won the discus title at 146-2.
Weimer said she twice fouled on longer throws that could have put her above 140.
“It's upsetting,” she said, and then added with a laugh: “I just want to go hug my mom.”
Saturday could bring happier hugs. Weimer enters shot put seeded second only to McKinley (48-2½). Her qualifying mark was 43-8, an inch better than Lynch.
As a junior, Weimer finished third in shot put (42-11) and fourth in discus (133-3), and she placed fourth in both as a sophomore. She finished third (shot) and eighth (discus) as a freshman.
“I'm a little disappointed because it's my last year, and I just want to do good,” Weimer said, “but I've still got shot put.”