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Berks Catholic’s Brady Mider, Muhlenberg’s Kyle Archie win Berks titles in boys shot put, high jump

Berks Catholic senior Brady Mider reached a historic milestone on Thursday at Shillington, as the Iowa commit broke the track and field meet record in the shot put with a throw of 62-4.75 on the first day of the 81st annual William H. Firing Memorial Victory Meet.

Mider won the event last year with a throw of 59-4, and his throw on Thursday bested Wyomissing graduate and current Penn State offensive lineman J’ven Williams’ record-setting mark of 61-10 set in 2022.

Williams later set the state and county record with a 66-7 on his way to District 3 Class 2A and PIAA Class 2A gold medals following the 2022 Firing Meet.

Hoping to replicate his senior year in similar fashion, Mider said he believes he has further distances in store.

“It definitely feels really good — pretty astonishing,” Mider said. “Definitely the right place to hit a good (personal record) at, but I have so much more. I know it. Obviously I’m excited now, but in the throw I know I have so much more to get after and crank it.”

Exeter junior Logan Wegman earned second in the shot put with a throw of 56-10.75 and Exeter senior Josiah Newman placed third with a throw of 51-7.5.

In addition to his success in the shot put, Mider will go for a second straight county gold in the discus on Saturday after winning the event last year with a throw of 154-5.

After winning gold in the District 3 Class 3A and PIAA Class 3A shot put and earning silver in the District 3 Class 3A discus last year, Mider said having fun and staying relaxed have been the keys to closing out his high school career on a high note.

“I’m ready to go out there and get first — not gonna lie,” Mider said. “Right now it’s just about having fun and hitting the big one.”

Competing at the Firing Meet for the first time, Muhlenberg senior Kyle Archie won the high jump with a leap of 6-6.

Fleetwood senior William Maurek earned second with a height of 6-4, and Berks Catholic senior Joshua McKoy placed third at 6-2.

Archie, an All-Berks basketball honorable mention selection who finished his career with the Muhls with 393 points, said he rejoined track for the first time since freshman year hopeful to close out his time at Muhlenberg with more accolades.

Muhlenberg's Kyle Archie wins the high jump at 6 feet, 6 inches during the 81st William H. Firing Memorial Victory Meet on Thursday at Gov. Mifflin Stadium. (BILL UHRICH - READING EAGLE)
Muhlenberg’s Kyle Archie wins the high jump at 6 feet, 6 inches during the 81st William H. Firing Memorial Victory Meet on Thursday at Gov. Mifflin. (BILL UHRICH – READING EAGLE)

“It’s my senior year and I have nothing to lose — why not do track?,” Archie said. “I needed some goals.”

Maintaining a strong routine in training has been key to achieving success for Archie. Standing at 6-2, Archie said he believes his approach is strong heading into the district championships.

“Consistency and practice and honestly just getting my steps down (have been key),” Archie said. “Going into the season I was kind of stuttering on my steps and I was capping out at like 6-3. So once I finally got my steps down, the speed, and my approach, I was pretty consistent at 6-6 and 6-5 in the last couple of meets.

“I think I’ll get a pretty nice seed at districts and hopefully we just carry that on.”

Also winning gold medals on Thursday were Gov. Mifflin senior Zack Zerbe who won the 3200 in 9:20.93, and Reading High junior Xavier Beatty who won the long jump with a distance of 23-5.5.

Zerbe won the 3200 last year in 9:28.51 and placed fourth in the event at the 2023 District 3 Class 3A meet.

Gov. Mifflin's Zack Zerbe wins the boys' 3200 in 9:10.27 during the 81st William H. Firing Memorial Victory Meet on Thursday at Gov. Mifflin Stadium. (BILL UHRICH - READING EAGLE)
Gov. Mifflin’s Zack Zerbe wins the boys’ 3200 in 9:10.27 during the 81st William H. Firing Memorial Victory Meet on Thursday at Gov. Mifflin. (BILL UHRICH – READING EAGLE)

 


Source: Berkshire mont

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