Harrisonburg - Senior Matthew Zajac won his record fourth-straight state discus title, following up a shot put championship from the night before to help power E.C. Glass to the boys 4A State Track & Field title. Other state title winners for Glass included senior Matthew Crawford in the pole vault, Peter Seufer in the 2-mile run and Libby Davidson in the 2-mile run. JF's Alyssa Shupe won the mile run.. The E.C. Glass girls finished third in the state, JF sixth.
Zajac unleashed a throw of 199 feet to easily win the discus for a record fourth-straight year, the sixth state title overall for the senior.
Matthew Zajac, 4TH-STRAIGHT DISCUS STATE TITLE, said "That's a great throw for me. That's a top 5, couldn't be more happier with that. 200 would have been fun, but 199 is a great throw for me."
Between Matthew and his older brother Michael, the Zajacs won a combined nine state championships in the discus and shot. The good news for the competition, Zajac is a senior, he's heading to Tennessee this fall.
Matthew Zajac said "I always like to prove to him in person that I can throw farther than him, so it's really fun to have him here and to have the whole family here."
Fellow E.C. Glass senior Matthew Crawford also won his first state championship in the pole vault with a personal-best 14 feet, six inches.
Matthew Crawford, 4A STATE POLE VAULT CHAMP (E.C. GLASS), said "This means I qualify for nationals and this is the last time I'll be jumping here with all my teammates and I'm just so happy to be able to contribute to this team."
Hilltopper Peter Seufer also won his first state title, taking first in the 2-mile run as did girls standout Libby Davidson.
Peter Seufer, 4A STATE 2-MILE CHAMPION, said "I expected it to be close but I didn't know it was gonna come down to the last 200 going in."
JF's Alyssa Shupe brought home a state title, winning the mile run.
Alyssa Shupe, 4A STATE MILE CHAMPION (JF), said "I was ranked third, just a couple of seconds off first place. So I knew it was in me."
And in the girls shot, Breontae Crump of Hidden Valley followed up her indoor state title with an outdoor championship with a heave of 38 feet, 6-and-a-half inches.
Breontae Crump, 3A GIRLS SHOT CHAMPION (HIDDEN VALLEY), said "Yea, it felt really good. I just knew like it had a nice height on it so I knew it was going to be a good one."
Liberty's Nicole Smith, who won the discus, placed third in the shot. In Harrisonburg, Dennis Carter, ABC 13 Sports.