(Photo: South Park senior Bill Stanley competes in the javelin throw Friday during the finals of the Baldwin Invitational at Baldwin High School. Michael Henninger/Post-Gazette.)
"Bill Stanley had a feeling it was a special throw. Then he saw the javelin judge at the Baldwin Invitational pull out the measuring tape.
"That's when I knew," Stanley said.
The judge kept pulling, and pulling, and pulling the tape.
There has been only one other tape in the country pulled farther at a high school meet this spring. Stanley, a South Park senior, won the javelin title at Friday's Baldwin Invitational in grand fashion. He had already had the second-best throw in the country before the meet, but he went way farther with a mark of 234 feet, 9 inches, on his final attempt.
Until the Baldwin meet, one of the largest in the eastern United States, Stanley's best was a Penn Relays-record 223-1 last week. But he beat that on his first throw at Baldwin with a 223-7. Then on his sixth and final throw, something special happened."