"At first I was thinking about it a lot, and then when I got down here I pushed everything out of my head, I tried not to become a head case and I just focused and made up my mind I needed to throw today," he said.
Pavlick also does the shot put but focused more on the discus this season, including a lot of hard practices which including trying to improve his footwork.
"I wasn't really expecting (the medal), but I was really happy and I am really honored to represent my school and get sixth as a junior."
Southern's Luke Rarig said he didn't get the best start out of the block and was a little high over some of the hurdles, but getting a sixth-place medal in the Class AA 110 highs was pleasing. What made it better was his getting a best of 15.09 seconds.
He said that competing in the long jump at the same time actually helped him. "It helped take my mind off (the hurdles). The jumps helped me warm up for the hurdles."
Heading into the state meet, things did not look good for the Milton 400 relay team of Tyrel Kling, Brandon Rogers, Trevor Zimmerman and Chris Reuss making a trip to the PIAA Class AAA meet (this is Milton's first year in AAA).
During the District 4 100 final the previous week at Susquehanna University, Reuss pulled a hamstring at the start, but finished third.
He returned to the track and anchored the relay team past favored Williamsport for a berth in the state meet.
Reuss also deflected any credit for his team beating the odds and rising from the 22nd seed to a fourth-place medal.
Pointing to his teammates, he said, "It wasn't me. All I had to do was maintain the lead they gave me. It was all them."