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Flud Aiming for State Javelin Title
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer
2022-04-13

            Tommy Flud won't be satisfied by just requalifying for the PIAA Track and Field Championships in two months. The Upper Perkiomen junior is determined to win a gold medal in the javelin.  "I want to go all the way," he said. "I want to win a state title."

Runners from Upper Perkiomen and Pottstown compete in the 1,600 

meter run on April 7.

 

            Last weekend, the Pennsburg resident continued his recovery from an ankle injury by finishing first at The Coach Ron Livers Viking Invitational at Perkiomen Valley High School. Upper Perk head coach Clayton Mowrer described the performance as "awesome," pointing out that Flud came within a couple of feet of the district qualifying distance. Flud, however, seemed far more subdued about the result.

            "I was hoping for better," he said. "But I was pleased with how I performed."

            Three months removed from an ankle injury that ended his wrestling season, Flud placed his recovery at 85 to 90 percent complete. He said his run-up speed for the throw is currently at 75 percent.

            During the 20-team invitational on April 9, Flud delivered a throw of 158 feet, four inches. He defeated Matthew Pytel, a senior from Spring-Ford, by more than three feet.  Flud described the performance as a jumping-off point for his capabilities. As the health of the ankle improves, and his run-up speed increases, he expects his distance to increase.  "The throw is not a reflection of my potential," Flud said.

            The coaching staff will continue to build him up cautiously, according to Mowrer. He said the athlete won't participate in triple jump and long jump like he did last year.  "We're not even thinking about that," the coach said.

            Within the next two to three weeks, as he expects the condition to improve, Flud said he expects to "blow past" his career best of 165 feet, nine inches. He figures he needs to reach at least 190 feet to have a chance at a gold medal.

            "Last year I was just happy to be there," Flud said of the PIAA Class 3A championships. "This is the year to perform and come home with a gold medal."

            Including Flud, the Indians boys placed 10 top-10 finishers during the meet on Saturday, April 9, at Perkiomen Valley High School. Roy Cobb, Cavin McGonigle, Cooper Schwartz and Zachary Schwartz finished fourth in the 4x200 meter relay (1:41.69).

            The Tribe had two fifth-place finishes: Christopher Shup in the discus and Donnie Miller, Thomas Fehnel, Hunter Aldesberger and John Carnesi in the distance medley relay.
            Nicholas Do ended up sixth in the pole vault. The 4x400 team of Miller, Fehnel, Aldesberger and Carnesi finished eighth. Diego Peguero took ninth in the pole vault. Thayden Reinhart registered a 10th place showing in the javelin.

            "The boys delivered a solid performance," Mowrer said. "To have so many top-five performances was impressive."

            According to the coach, Shup has made significant strides in the discus. The senior's toss of 112 feet, 9 inches was less than a foot from the fourth place finisher.

            "To have Chris place that high was excellent," Mowrer said of Shup, who competed in the first of two flights before the meet was cut short due to inclement weather. "He has improved significantly. He's been a strong contributor for the last three years. This season, we really need him to step up."

            On Monday, the Indians completed an 85-53 victory over Pottstown. Flud won the javelin with a throw of 156 feet, 10 inches.

            The Tribe swept the shot put. Eric Romanowski won with a throw of 38 feet, 5 inches. Michael Szymanski (34 feet, 10 inches) finished second. Christopher Shup (34 feet, 3 inches) took third.

            The team posted the top five finishers in the discus. Shup won with a toss of 113 feet, 9 inches. He was followed by Szymanski (98 feet, 8 ½ inches), Flud (90 feet, six inches), Romanowski (85 feet, 5 ½ inches) and Matthew Wanamaker (84 feet, 6 ½ inches).

            Dan Carpenter won the pole vault for the Indians by clearing 11 feet. Nicholas Do, a sophomore, finished second (10 feet).

            Peguero won the high jump. Owen Pratt (36 feet, 7 ½ inches), Chidike Eruba (35 feet, 4 inches) and Peguero (34 feet, 10 inches) swept the triple jump.

            On Thursday, Tribe junior Vincent Durrant won the 100 meter dash in 11.8 seconds. Seniors Donnie Miller (5:00) and Carnesi (5:20) finished first and second, respectively in the 1,600 meter run. In the 800 meter run, a trio of seniors – William Daub (2:22.84), Adelsberger (2:28.34) and Christopher Shermer (2:32.41) – earned all available team points.


 

 

 

 

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