The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

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June 25, 2014

Girls Field Athlete of Year: Seals' McCartney gets honor again

SELINSGROVE — Selinsgrove junior Courtney McCartney quietly goes about her business when she’s at the track.

So the resume she’s building as a thrower sometimes gets lost in the shuffle, but make no mistake, it’s historic.

McCartney is certainly the top area thrower since East Juniata’s Heather Colyer won seven gold medals (four in the discus and three in the shot put) from 1995-1998.

McCartney won her second consecutive state title in the shot put along with a fourth-place medal in the discus to earn a third consecutive Daily Item Girls Field Athlete of the Year honor.

Selinsgrove hadn’t won a PIAA gold medal in 11 years before McCartney’s first gold medal in 2013; with her shot put gold this year, she became the first Seals female to win two golds since Jen Pastore won back-to-back javelin championships in 1993 and 1994.

Her throw of 49-0¼ to win the gold medal in the shot put broke her own school record and made her the first repeat PIAA Class AAA champion in the girls shot put since 2008.

McCartney now has her sights set on 50 feet in the shot put. That would make her the first area female thrower to cross the 50-foot threshold since Colyer.

“I definitely think I can hit 50, if I train correctly,” McCartney said after winning the gold medal. “You always think about if you can break 50 or not.”

McCartney has dominated the last two seasons in the PIAA shot, winning both gold medals by at least four feet.

McCartney also placed at the Penn Relays in the shot put for the second consecutive season. Her throw of 44-4 placed her third.

However, where McCartney’s biggest improvement this season came is in the discus, despite already owning a PIAA medal in the event.

McCartney’s medal-winning throw in 2013 was 123-4, while her area-best discus throw in 2014 was 137-2.

McCartney finished fourth this season in the PIAA with a throw of 132-6.

“Last year, it was hard for me to make the switch (between the shot put and discus),” McCartney said. “I think I came a long way this year on knowing what to do with discus.”

McCartney dominated during the regular season as well, winning every invitational she entered this season in both the shot put and discus, except for a second-place finish at the Shippensburg Invitational in the discus.

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