Brielle Smith shatters SJ freshman javelin mark with huge PR at SJ-2

Oakcrest’s Brielle Smith unloaded a nearly 11-foot PR of 129-1 to win the South Jersey Group 2 sectional javelin title.

Along the way, she broke the South Jersey freshman javelin record and posted the best mark by any New Jersey freshman in 13 years.

Smith came into the meet with a PR of 118-2 from the Cape-Atlantic Championships in Bridgeton earlier this month. As recently as mid-May, her PR was 103-5.

But at sectionals, she bombed away, recording the No. 2 freshman mark in state history and becoming the No. 7 girl of any grade in South Jersey this year.

The previous South Jersey freshman record with the new javelin, which has been in use since 2002, was a 126-2 by Breanna Mariner of Clearview at the 2012 Gloucester County Championships at Delsea in Franklinville.

Oddly, there is no record on MileSplit of Mariner ever competing in track and field beyond her freshman year.

I tried to put together an all-time New Jersey freshman girls javelin list. It could be missing a few people. Records are incomplete from 2002-2006, and it doesn’t help that somebody stole my 2007 New Jersey Track Fall Annual at the Easterns in 2008.

136-  4 … Daina Pucurs (Demarest), 2003
129-  1 … Brielle Smith (Oakcrest), 2016
126-  2 … Breanna Mariner (Clearview), 2012
121-  8 … Abigail Frietag (Cumberland Reg.), 2009
120-10 … Shauntierah Douglas (Garfield), 2009
120-  4 … Amanda Banes (Pope John XXIII), 2008
118-  5 … Kelly Yanucil (Bordentown), 2010
118-  3 … Julianna Voering (Rancocas Valley), 2014
117-  9 … Tara Daniels (Kingsway), 2010
117-  3 … Kristen Krier (South Brunswick), 2012
116-  5 … Maisie McGurn (Villa Walsh), 2013
116-  1 … Noel Hartman (Pinelands), 2016
115-  8 … Jessie Geller (Desmarest), 2014
115-  4 … Nyah Cosme (Vineland), 2013

Smith is enjoying quite a freshman year at Oakcrest. She was the starting goalie on Oakcrest’s soccer team in the fall and started for Oakcrest’s basketball team in the winter.



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