MIDDLETOWN — It was too early for Emma Kinnicutt to celebrate fully. But the time would come soon enough.
The Wellsville junior unleashed a personal-record discus throw in her second attempt in Friday’s New York state track and field championships. The heave of 124 feet, 4 inches exceeded her previous best by more than 3 feet. Still, she remained composed.
“I was excited for the PR and to get one out there like that, but I didn’t want to give it away,” Kinnicutt said. “I definitely knew that there was more to do there.”
It turned out Kinnicutt had done enough. By her sixth and final attempt, she knew she was a state champion.
“I got a little hyped up, and it just kind flew,” said Kinnicutt, who fouled on the throw.
But, “it was just barely out. It was definitely 140 feet,” Wellsville girls coach Chris Brown said. “She knows she’s got it in her.”
Kinnicutt etched her name in Wellsville lore, becoming the school’s third individual state champion. She joined Sue Livergood (shot put, 1988) and Brian Gray (wrestling, 1990).
In her third trip to states, Kinnicutt won the Division 2 title by 8 inches over Mount Sinai’s Anastasia Richards, improving upon sixth- and seventh-place state finishes.
“We talked with her dad, George, a lot, and he’s been coaching her,” Brown said. “He felt pretty good about her going into this today, and so did Dean (Giopulos, Wellsville boys coach) and I. She’s been throwing really well these last