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Fodor breaks javelin Meet of Champions record


by Jody Houle
Contributing Writer - Berlin Reporter

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Berlin High School junior Joey Fodor, a three-sport athlete, broke the state record for javelin in all three divisions of varsity track and field during the NHIAA Meet of Champions in Merrimack on Saturday. This advances him to compete in the New England championships. Jody Houle. (click for larger version)
June 05, 2017
BERLIN Berlin High School track and field athlete Joey Fodor broke the Berlin school javelin record as well as the state record in April, throwing a distance of 170 feet, seven inches. On Saturday, he beat that record throwing 177 feet, one inch at the NHIAA Meet of Champions in Merrimack. That throw also broke the record in all three divisions.

"I am very humbled to be the division champ and state champ of javelin," said Fodor. "But like one of my coaches said -- never be satisfied. So I am hoping to have a good showing in the New England meet."

A week prior on May 27 during the NHIAA Division III Stte Meet at Winnisquam Regional High School, Fodor placed first overall in javelin, throwing a distance of 166 feet, two inches. He also placed 10th in shot put, throwing at 39 feet, one inch.

"As a parent you are always supportive and proud of your kids accomplishments no matter what they do or what they get involved in whether it's sports, a club or if they are just a student and a good person," said Tina and Mike Fodor, the athlete's parents. "But when your kids get involved in sports you're always hoping for big moments when they start to excel. So when Joe started throwing a javelin I don't think any of us expected that he was going to take to it the way he did. It just an incredible feeling when your child starts to excel and starts breaking and re-breaking school and state records. It's the best feeling in the whole world. We were already proud of Joe and who he is as a student and a person, so all of this with his javelin throwing is just a beautiful bonus."

At the same meet, Connor Brown was 13th in javelin with a distance of 123 feet, 8 inches.

Jacob Giroux was fifth overall in discus throwing at 117 feet, three inches. Paul Hernandez was sixth, reaching 116 feet, 10 inches and Jacob Robinson was seventh with a distance of 114 feet, nine inches.

In the 4 x 400-meter relay, Ben Bergeron, Noah Cornish, Michael Moore and Thomas Sullivan placed 11th.

In the 800-meter run, Bergeron placed eighth with a time of 2:07.2. Cornish was 12th in the 1,600-meter run finishing at 4:53.96.

Out of 25 teams, Berlin boys placed 16th overall during that meet.

For the girls, Joslyn Lanteigne placed 11th in javelin, throwing a distance of 77 feet, eight inches.

At Saturday's NHIAA Meet of Champions in Merrimack, Fodor threw the javelin 177 feet, one inch, breaking the record in all three divisions and this qualified him to compete at the New England championships.

Hernandez was 10th overall in the discus throw with a distance of 114 feet, six inches.

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