HERSHEY, PA — Thunder Mountain incoming freshman Brendan Pietz won the boys’ 13-14 softball throw event at the 34th annual Hershey’s Track & Field Games North American Final Meeton Saturday at Henry Hershey Field on the campus of the Milton Hershey School in Hershey, Pa.
Pietz’s winning throw went 203 feet and 10 3/4 inches.
Winners were crowned in different age groups in the boys’ and girls’ softball throw, standing long jump, 50-meter dash, 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash, 400-meter dash, 800-meter run, 1,600-meter run and the 4x100-meter relay.
Olympic legends Carl Lewis, a nine-time Olympic gold medalist, and Rafer Johnson, the 1960 Olympic decathlon gold medalist, served as Hershey’s Track & Field Games ambassadors and attended the North American Final Meet.
The Hershey’s Track & Field Games is the largest youth activity program of its kind in North America and is open to boys and girls ages nine to 14. Thousands of kids in nearly 4,000 North American communities participated in the 2011 games.
The top boys and girls who advancs through local, district (where applicable) and state/provincial Hershey’s Track & Field Games events, were eligible to qualify for their regional team and receive an all-expenses-paid trip to compete in this summer’s North American Final in Hershey, courtesy of The Hershey Company. Over the 34-year history of the program, more than 10 million athletes have participated.