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VanDeWeghe rewrites the record books for second time in five days WITH GALLERY

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During his warm ups Wednesday Alex VanDeWeghe grabbed everyone's attention.

The Ithaca High School sophomore's first warm-up throw caught the protective netting and then a metal pole that keeps spectators from getting seriously injured from a wayward thrown discus, rattling the cage like a warning.

On his second warm-up toss VanDeWeghe let loose, launching the discus past the last white chalk line on the perimeter of the field some 156 feet out. The discus bounced once and came to rest just a few feet shy of a fence line that separates a neighboring cornfield from Ithaca High School's track.

The initial gasps that followed his final warm-up turned into applause some 20 minutes later though as VanDeWeghe rewrote the Ithaca track and field record book three times in the discus.

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Coming into Wednesday's Tri-Valley West Conference triangular the school record in the event was 150-10 set back in 1988 by Miko Tahko. Yet, VanDeWeghe bested that mark three times with throws of 153-2, 154-10 and 152-0 to take over the top spot.

This new school record was just five days removed from another one that he set last Friday at the Shepherd Blue Jay Invite. As it was he shattered Tahko's 1988 standard of 54-0 in the shot put with a throw of 54-10.5.

In short it's been one heck of a week for one Alex VanDeWeghe.

"It's a combination of things," said VanDeWeghe when asked what has led to his recent surge in the shot put and discus. "I put a lot of work and a lot of long practices into this. I also have great coaches who have set up the training so that we're peaking right now and you can see it in the numbers."

One year ago, as a freshman, VanDeWeghe peaked with a top throw of 47-1.5 in the shot put and 134-6 in the discus. This year he's taken it to a whole different level.

"Realizing the level of competition in high school you have to approach it differently with your training," said VanDeWeghe, who's been throwing since the seventh grade. "I threw some indoor this year and finished fifth at indoor states. Obviously, I'm glad this has happened but it's just another step in the process because I want to keep moving along."

For head coach Jason Marcy, who has a very talented and deep team with 43 student-athletes, having throwers like VanDeWeghe and fellow sophomore Baylee Chaffin on his roster is a nice luxury to have.

Chaffin finished second in both the shot put (50-3) and discus (135-6) Wednesday.

"Our throwers score a lot of points for us and make it easy for me," said Marcy, who led the Jackets to the TVC West title last year. "But we also have a great group of sprinters who are interchangeable in the 100, 200 and the (400 and 800) relays. We also have great senior leadership and didn't lose a lot of people (4) from last year's team."

Coming into Wednesday's meet against Valley Lutheran and Hemlock the Jackets were sitting in second place in the TVC West with a 4-1 record and trailing only Ovid-Elsie which is 5-0.

The Chargers came in at 3-2 in conference meets while the Huskies were 2-3. Thus if Marcy and company are going to defend their title they needed to win Wednesday and that's exactly what they did as they topped Valley Lutheran 96-37 and Hemlock 106-29.

"If we win today we'll be in a comfortable position for the championship meet," said Marcy, whose team hosts the TVC West Championships in two weeks.

On the girls side the Jackets completed an unbeaten regular season in the TVC West as they beat the Chargers 75-60 and the Huskies 92-35.

Last Updated: 5/10/2017 8:29:35 PM EST