Georgia?s Emily Bernhardt, #1 Ranked U.S. Thrower, Wins Simplot Weight Throw

Georgia teammate finishes fourth; Idaho?s Sarah Cardinal places third

 POCATELLO, Idaho ? The top thrower in the high school women?s weight throw won the competition at Simplot Games in Pocatello, Idaho. Senior Emily Bernhardt, of Marietta, Ga., threw 53? 1? in the final round of competition Friday night.


This was Bernhardt?s first time competing in the Simplot Games, and she really enjoyed her experience. Beyond winning she said, ?It is a good atmosphere and a nice facility. I was able to get good and pumped up.?


A good throw in this competition helps Bernhardt prepare to meet the goals she has set for herself in the rest of this year?s competitions. Bernhardt has her eye set on the Georgia State record, the Nike meet and then national competition in New York.

?This was a good competition. I wish I had been able to come other years,? says Bernhardt.


Local star Sarah Cardinal of Blackfoot, Idaho, said: ?Today was good. You look back at things and you think, that was good or that wasn?t so good.?


Today was actually better than good Cardinal, who finished in third place at Friday night?s final. Cardinal is a favored local field competitor competing in weight throw as well as the shot put events. Throwing 49? ?? Cardinal was just off her personal record of 50? 1.25?.


With consistent training, Cardinal says she is getting stronger than ever, and looking forward to a great out door season.


?This meet sets you up a lot. It gets your mind focused on your events,? she said. ?The Simplot Games are great. I love it. It?s a good energy meet. Everyone is doing their best and going for the gold. It is like the Olympics for high school.?


Cardinal has set some high goals for herself. ?I have won discus at state since I was a freshman, and the shot put the last two years. Now I want to beat the state record for 4A schools.? That record is 41?9?, a record she set. She is also training to beat the overall state records in discus and shot put.


The other thing that makes Simplot a favorite meet for Cardinal is ?being here with the community cheering for you.?


Jennifer Mack of Custer, South Dakota finished second, throwing 49?3.25?. Kristen Smith, Bernhardt?s Georgia teammate, was a close fourth throwing 49? ??.


Simplot Games are open to the public with competition all day Friday and Saturday.