Wyomissing’s Jven Williams found redemption for his performance in the discus in last year’s District 3 Track and Field Championships by winning with a Class 2A record throw of 187 feet.
Williams’ throw beats the previous record of 182-4 set by Schuylkill Valley’s Evan Arnott in 2013.
Williams, who faulted on all three of his throws last year in the discus, said that winning gold while breaking the record is a goal he’s been working toward all season.
“It’s just a blessing to be honest,” Williams said. “My brother (Rushard) won it last year, and that’s (redemption) just something that I took into my training; not just for track and field, but football also. I really got my revenge this time and I’m really proud of myself.”
Berks Catholic’s Brady Mider finished second with a throw of 144-2. The Saints’ Jackson Huddleson (135-4) was sixth and Wyomissing’s Collin Niedrowski (128-9) was seventh.
Williams, a junior, said that he is planning on making this his last year competing in track and field as he is committed to Penn State for football as an offensive lineman and plans to move up to State College next spring. In addition to wanting to more records before his career is complete, Williams said he believes a team win at districts would also be a special send-off.
“I plan on making this my last season for track and field,” Williams said. “I’m thinking about enrolling early on right now. I’m just waiting on approval, but everything’s planned out. So to be able to end off on a banger like that, not only for me, but for the community and for our track, that’d be huge.”
Heading into this year’s meet, Williams said that he had to focus on taking things slow and not getting overwhelmed by the excitement around him.
“A big change that I think really helped lead to my success was just being a little bit slower and calmer,” Williams said. “Last year, that was something I didn’t do. I came in with so much energy and so much, not necessarily enthusiasm, but too much energy.
“Sometimes the best throws have the least amount least amount of work that you put into it. So today, I didn’t do much of that, and yeah, the big emphasis was on being slow.”
Williams said he hopes to break the district shot put record of 65-5.50 set by Jeremy Silverman of Annville-Cleona in 2001 today.
“There’s a bunch of momentum,” Williams said. “I want to break the district record for shot so it’s just achieving that and manifesting it.”
Wyomissing boys’ field team also had a solid showing in the Class 2A javelin as Issac Focht had a personal-best 147-8 and won bronze, Drew Forrey took home fourth in 145-11 and Niedrowski placed eighth in 136-5.
In the boys Class 3A triple jump, Reading High’s Justin Walker took home silver with a jump of 45-8 and Muhlenberg’s Gabriel Sample took sixth at 44-9.25.
Gov. Mifflin’s Jacob Engle took sixth in Class 3A pole vault in 12-9, and Exeter’s Cameron Neafcy placed eighth, also by clearing 12-9.
In the boys Class 2A long jump, Brandywine Heights’ Michael Mammarella was fifth in 20-2, and Wyomissing’s Andrew Delp took sixth in 19-7.
Berks Catholic took home two medals in the Class 2A high jump as Jaxon Geddio set a personal best and finished fifth in 6-0 and Josiah Jordan placed eighth in 5-8.
In the boys Class 2A 3200, Paul Monsour of Wyomissing won bronze in a persona- best in 9:52.49, and Kutztown’s Jack Kornfeind took sixth in a personal-best 10:13.79.
Source: Berkshire mont