The standard was set for Fallyn Boich long before she was born.
It began in 1956, when Boich’s maternal grandfather, Jack Dougherty, won the District 2 javelin championship.
It continued when her father, Daryl Boich, along with her uncles Dave and Brad Boich, all won District 2 titles throwing the javelin for Meyers High School.
So when she began competing in track and field at Holy Redeemer High School four years ago, Fallyn Boich automatically had a family legacy to live up to.
“I did not feel pressure,” Fallyn said. “It’s kind of neat. Both of my uncles were big in the throws, and my dad, even my grandfather. It seems like it’s in the blood. I was next (in line) to throw. But my family supported me in every way, in every aspect, in whatever I wanted to do.”
What she wants to do most right now is walk away from the District 2 Track and Field championships Monday at Scranton Memorial Stadium wearing one more gold medal.
Or maybe a few of them.
The daughter of Daryl and Yvonne Boich of Mountain Top will defend the district javelin and discus championships she won as a junior last year, and will also compete in the shot put.
She’s pretty much dominated the field in those events throughout the 2013 Wyoming Valley Conference season, regularly sweeping all three field events and finishing out of first place just twice all season.
“This has been her forte for the last couple years,” Holy Redeemer track coach Kevin Walters said. “The (throwing) coaches have a good plan for her and she’s been doing everything they ask. She’s been doing really well for us. She’s peaking right before districts. That’s huge.”
The final WVC meet of her career proved just how much Boich relishes the big stage.
In a battle of team unbeatens with Lake-Lehman this past week, Boich took on rising sophomore Cayle Spencer — who promises to be one of Boich’s biggest challengers Monday — and won all three field events to lead Redemer to the WVC Division II title. In doing so, Boich set a personal record with a shotput throw of 34-1 1/2 feet.
“I really perform well under pressure,” Boich said, “which I guess is not common. A lot of people are nervous under pressure. I think I excel under pressure.
“This year was great,” Boich, a senior, continued. “My coaches supported me 100 percent, my dad supported me 100 percent. And I’ve worked so much harder than I’ve ever worked in the weight room and on the field training.”
That dedication paid off when Boich was invited to participate in the prestigious Penn Relays in Philadelphia, where she held her own throwing against national and international competition. Shortly afterward, Boich signed a national letter-of-intent to attend Boston College on a track and field scholarship in the fall, a moment she described as her dream come true.
“I cried when I got the phone call,” Boich, 17, said. “I’ve always had my eye out for Boston College. That was my dream school. First of all, I’m Catholic, and Boston College is a Jesuit school, and I like the location. When I first heard they were interested in me, that was a big motivation this year.”
She’ll do more than just throw when she gets to the Chestnut Hill campus.
“Boston College is going to look at her as a pentathlete, and put her in some running events,” Daryl Boich said. “She’s a multi-event athlete, she’s always been athletic.”
That althleticism ranged through a multitude of sports.
Fallyn was a four-year starter on Holy Redeemer’s girls tennis team and made the District 2 singles tournament for the past two seasons. She was also a standout basketball player in her younger days, her dad said, until she gave up the sport after following a group of her friends into the world of track and field.
“I knew she had it in her to do well,” Daryl Boich said. “We’re just very proud of her.”
And in her final District appearance Monday, Fallyn Boich finds one more chance to put a last dash of pride in the family name.
“It means a lot to me,” she said. “I’m looking to have some personal records. I want to defend my championship medals in javelin and discus.
“I want to end this year on a good note.”
nny thing is, Fallyn Boich may be better than them all.