SV’s Gehm nets discus state title
Eagle Staff Writer
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May 30, 2018

SHIPPENSBURG — The results of last year’s PIAA Class 3A boys discus throw left a bad taste in Zach Gehm’s mouth.

But instead of sulking, he went back to work.

Seneca Valley’s senior made it back to the state championship meet and this time, the result tasted pretty sweet.

Gehm won a PIAA title with a toss of 194 feet, 8 inches Saturday at Shippensburg University. The effort was a dominating one as Selinsgrove’s Brennen Wolf placed a distant second at 171-1.

“Last year, I was 10 inches from making the finals,” he said. “That hurt and it motivated me. Over the winter, I was very dedicated and put in a lot of hard work.”

Zach’s father and coach, Craig Gehm, saw the determination and knew his son’s senior campaign had a chance to be a special one.

“Since the start of the season, his goal has been to win a state title,” said Coach Gehm. “We were hoping to get to 200 today, but (194-8) is really, really good. The dad in me is definitely more proud than the coach right now.”

Zach Gehm began Saturday’s competition with a strong throw.

“The game plan was to start off at about 80 percent and I got off a 189-2, which was a personal-best for me,” he said. “I didn’t think I did too well with my second throw, but I hit 190. Those two throws set the tone.”

Zach Gehm faulted on his first two throws of the finals, but his last throw was the 194-8, a school record.

Craig Gehm, a Seneca Valley graduate, also competed in the throws in high school back in the 1990s.

In other events:

In the Class 3A boys 4x800 relay, Seneca Valley’s quartet of Sam Owori, Luke Bellack, Andrew Balla and Seth Ketler came in fourth (7:50.74).

Rylee Kopchak of Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic placed sixth in the Class 2A girls 1,600 run in 5:08.38.