By Todd Hummel
For The Daily Item
DANVILLE -- Scan the list of the area bests and Shelby Freedman's name sticks out for the two events for which she owns the top performances.
The Danville sophomore owns the top throw in the javelin and the top triple jump as well.
"Maybe it's unique, but in high school you get those combinations. I had a girl that was good in the shot put and the 3200 one year," Danville coach Jeff Brandt said. "There are similarities between (javelin and triple jump), like coordination. She's very coordinated. She has good speed which helps in the jumps and on the runway in the javelin."
Danville's track staff first noticed Freedman on the soccer pitch during her freshman season and she also had some thoughts of her own on what she wanted to do in track and field.
"I just picked them both up. I play soccer; the jumping coach said I had a really aggressive run so he thought I'd be a good jumper. At the same time, I have a pretty good throw-in in soccer, so I wanted to try the javelin," Freedman said. "I figured I pick up both of them and see which one I liked the best then drop one of them. I ended up really liking both of them."
Heading into this weekend's District 4 Class AA meet at Susquehanna University, Freedman enters as the top-seed in the javelin by virtue of her school-record throw of 150-0 1/2. Her top jump in the triple is 35-5, while not owning the area-best in the long jump, Freedman also owns the Danville school-record in the long jump with a leap of 16-8 ¼.
With two such intensive technique events like the javelin and triple jump, Brandt and Freedman have to find the right balance for practice because along with the long jump, she's a member of the Ironmen 4x100 relay team.