We have reached the point of the track and field season where a lot of seeds have been planted. While Avree Wright has avoided that dubious distinction, it may be that the she is just blossoming as a thrower.
On Saturday morning, at the District Three Class AA Track and Field Championships at Shippensburg Univeristy, Wright defended her top seeding in a big way. Entering the Class AA shot put as the competition’s number one seed, Wright more than lived up to everyone’s expectations.
The Annville-Cleona junior took home a gold medal, winning the shot with her first throw. Wright’s heave of 37-1.25 was well off her previous best of 38-4, but comfortably ahead of runner-up Emily Fisher of Greenwood’s 36-9.
Wright will ride the momentum generated at districts into this weekend’s PIAA Meet, back at Shippensburg. If achieved, Wright’s stated goal of setting a new personal standard for herself and of establishing a new Annville-Cleona school record would put her in a great position for a garnering a medal at the state championships.
– JEFF FALK