Think of the name Jon Witman, and what comes to mind?
Most would associate the 1991 Eastern York graduate with his gridiron success, and rightly so. The running back was a first-team all-state pick and rushed for 3,300 career yards during his time with the Golden Knights — all of which earned him a scholarship to Penn State.
But Witman also excelled at track and field. In his junior year, he helped the Golden Knights' boys' team win the YCIAA Division B championship, the first boys' track and field title in school history. He won four events in the clinching meet, a victory against Kennard-Dale, taking first in the triple jump, long jump, shot put and as the anchor on the 400 relay team. (The girls' team also won the Division B title that year.)
That season, Witman went on to win a PIAA gold medal in the Class AA long jump with a leap of 21 feet, 9 inches. At the time, he was just the second Eastern York boy to win a state gold medal, along with Jeff Shirey in 1983 (AA 3,200).
In 2008, Daily Record reporters named Witman as one of Eastern York's top 10 Greatest Athletes. Visit www.GameTimePA.com/athletes to see where he ranked on the list.
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