Catonsville senior Zach Delker couldn’t have dreamed of a better way to end his high school track and field season at the Class 4A state championship meet.
Delker didn’t just throw personal bests in the shot put and discus in the meet held at Morgan State University Memorial Day weekend.
He captured his first state title in shot put and finished third in discus.
The shot put toss was the fifth of his six throws that day and the distance of 53-feet, 1.5 inches beat his throw in the 2014 state meet by over 10 feet (42-3) when he placed 13th.
It was also nearly 20-feet further than his personal best of 33-05 in his freshman year when he first started throwing.
“I had a couple of good weeks of practice coming in there and I felt good,” he said.
“When I first started track, it was to just get in shape for football, but a couple years in I realized I could have potential in this, and after that I wanted to win states,” Delker said. “It was hard work and drive.”
Delker, who will throw at Mount St. Mary's University next year, was no stranger to winning the shot put events this past season.
He finished first in nine of 10 meets, including wins at the Class 4A North Region meet, Baltimore County championships, Gator Invitational and Pikesville Track Classic.
In discus, he also captured gold in the regional and county meets.
His third-place throw of 147-11 at states bettered his previous long heave of 145-0 on March 24 in a league meet
Although his high school career as a Comet is over, he will compete June 19-21 at the 25th annual New Balance Nationals Outdoor Meet at North Carolina A&T in Greensboro, N.C.
“I’m just trying to train real hard and keep working on my technique so that I can throw my best in college,” said Delker, whose 18 individual points helped the Comet boys take 10th place at the state meet with 26 points.
Ben Mansfield was third in pole vault (12-6) and Sequon Smith was seventh in high jump with a personal best jump of 6-feet.
The Catonsville girls scored 32 points and tied for eighth at the state meet.
Maja Wichhart was a standout by scoring in three events.
Her highest placing was second in triple jump (38-feet, 2.5 inches).
That was a personal best, as was her long jump of 18-1.5 when she finished in sixth place.
Wichhart was also fourth in 100 hurdles (15.38).
Wichhart, who will compete in the heptathlon at the University of Colorado Boulder next year, was coming off a stellar performance at the Class 4A North Region meet at Sherwood High.
She won the triple jump, long jump and the 100 hurdles, helping the Comet girls place sixth overall.
Taylor Giles, a discus winner and runner-up in shot put at regionals, was second in discus (130-1) and third in shot put (37-9.5) at the Class 4A state championships.
The shot put throw was a personal best for Giles, who won both events at the county championship meet.
She will throw at Towson University next year.
In the Class 2A state meet, the Western Tech girls were seventh with 40 points.
Senior Daijona Revell was the Wolverines top performer.
She placed second in the 100-meter hurdles (15.75), fifth in the 300 hurdles (47.76) and was on the second-place 800 relay squad (1:44.77) along with Crystal Johnson, Alexandria Willridge and Tiffany Trinh.
In the 100, Johnson was third (12.52) and Trinh was fifth (12.6).
In the 200, Johnson placed fourth (26.01) and Trinh was fifth (26.06).
The Western Tech boys were 14th in the team standings with 19 points.
Senior Darius Howe scored in four events.
He was third in the triple jump (44-11.25) and sixth in the 300 hurdles (41.29).
He was also on the fourth place 1,600-meter relay team with seniors Ifeanyi Ike-arubogu and Trevon Wilkins and junior Ryquan Harris and the seventh place 800 relay with Howe, Wilkins and junior Justin Sye.
Harris secured the only other individual points for the Wolverines by taking sixth in the 200 (23.29).
For the Lansdowne girls, Ashley Blackwell (25.93) was third in the 200 (25.93), scoring six of her 23rd place team’s seven points.
She also anchored the eighth-place 400 relay team (52.43) that included sophomores Kendra Cooper, Kayna Moore and Dionna Hall.