Franklin Co. throwers impress at Tim Cook Invite
Check out the best field events from the annual Tim Cook Invitational. Video by Lindsey Smith
If there's one thing Franklin County learned about itself on Saturday, it's that local athletes are really good at throwing.
Area competitors grabbed six medals in the throws at the Tim Cook Invitational, and were just a spot away from earning two more.
Greencastle-Antrim's Campbell Parker had an exceptional day. The boys shot put kicked off the track & field meet, and on Parker's very first throw, he crushed the meet record by more than five inches. The mark hit 52-7.5, and boy did he need it. Parker fouled on all three of his next attempts.
"(The first throw) felt fairly conservative, actually, so I knew I had more in me," Parker said. "That one big throw was a foul, and that was a little disappointing. But I saw the meet record and knew I could get it, so it feels great to actually get it. I'm feeling very well about the discus, too, so hopefully I can do the same over there."
Parker did just that.
He hung another gold medal around his neck after winning the discus with a throw of 152-08.
Following closely behind Parker in both events was Chambersburg's Kelton Chastulik, who finished second in the shot put (50-2.25) and third in the discus (149-03).
Like Parker, Chastulik had a bit of trouble with scratching, especially in the discus. He had a trio of monster throws in warmups, but couldn't quite match it once competition officially began.
"You can't always get a win," Chastulik said. "But I have been in a slump lately, so especially in the shot put, I'm happy with that. The discus, I've gotta just keep going. I've been ripping them in warmups; I just gotta get it down. Hopefully coach (Roger) Coleman can help me with that, and I know he can."
Rounding out the stellar throws for the county was Isiuwa Oghagbon, who walked away with a silver medal in both the shot put (34-5.75) and the discus (119-10). She was seeded just eighth heading into the discus.
"I think they might've used my discus from last year," Oghagbon said. "But it was kind of cool to go up there and throw 119, because everyone was kind of confused as to why I was seeded so low."
Just missing a chance at medals were Waynesboro's Austin Kassman, who took fourth in the javelin, and Chambersburg's Reagan Winebrenner, who took the same spot in the shot. Winebrenner was also sixth in the discus.