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Herrington leaves his mark in college

| Monday, June 22, 2009

Will Herrington made sure he wouldn't be forgotten at Waynesburg University.

Earlier this year, Herrington, a 2005 Connellsville High School graduate, broke the school record in the discus for the third time in his collegiate career at the Division III East Coast Athletic Conference (ECAC) Track and Field Championships at Springfield (Mass.) College.

The ECAC Championship competition is a regional meet where those who participate must qualify based on performances throughout the season.

While Herrington had qualified for the event in each of the past three years, 2009 was, by far, his best showing.

"I was seeded 11th and placed sixth, and in the process I broke my past personal record," said Herrington, who graduated from Waynesburg in May.

In addition, Herrington set a school record with throw of 44.98 meters. Herrington had a throw of 44.34 meters as a sophomore and he had a throw of 44.94 meters a meet earlier this season.

"This was, by far, the best year ever as far as competition," Herrington said. "It's great to make it to the championships where you compete against top-level athletes in such a great atmosphere."

In May, Herrington graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Arts Administration, and while he doesn't have a job in that field yet, he is hoping to get hired or be involved in a theater in the bigger city venues of either Pittsburgh or Morgantown, W.Va.

But he doesn't plan to leave his talent in discuss throwing lie dormant.

"If I ever get back into it again, it would be in a coaching capacity," Herrington said. "I've already been working with my coach at Waynesburg, so hopefully, I will be able to return to my alma mater there and coach."

If that happens, maybe he can watch first hand when one of his students he coaches breaks his record. Or maybe the record will be safe for quite some time.

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