Palmyra’s Carmichael wins Group 1 discus and shatters meet record!!!

Palmyra junior Tomara Carmichael didn’t just settle for a state championship. She broke the meet record along the way.

Carmichael broke a 25-year-old meet record when she threw a huge personal-best 139-8 to win the state Group 1 discus championship Friday at Egg Harbor.

Carmichael actually broke the record twice, but her winning mark of 139-8 was a PR of nearly nine feet. Her previous PR was 130-9 at the South Jersey Group 1 sectionals.

The previous meet record of 134-4 was set in 1991 by Karen Schwartz of Mountain Lakes.

Carmichael’s throw is also the best ever by a South Jersey Group 1 girl in any meet. The previous best was a 132-9 by Cheyenne Lutek of Schalick four years ago at the Woodbury Relays.

Let’s check out the all-time South Jersey discus list, topped of course by Cherokee’s Jessica Woodard.

Carmichael checks in at No. 14, but she’s only 10 inches out of the all-time top-10. Interesting that her throw is identical to the South Jersey season-best set by Najeaya Single of Vineland at the West Deptford Relays.

  • 168-10 … Jessica Woodard [Cherokee], 2013
  • 158-  1 … Jocelyn White [Delsea], 2005
  • 153-  2 … Sylvia Galarza [Millville], 2004
  • 149-  3 … Tara Daniels [Kingsway], 2013
  • 147-  1 … Jamine Moton [Delsea], 1996
  • 146-  5 … Kim Warren [Atlantic City], 2006
  • 143-  6 … Tisha Kerrin [Eastern], 1989
  • 143-  3 … Mercedes Hicks [Atlantic City], 2006
  • 142-  1 … Donovan Bennett [Vineland], 2015
  • 140-  6 … Typhanie Bates [Williamstown], 1995
  • 140-  1 … Melinda Holm [Bridgeton], 1997
  • 140-  0 … Geri Riley [Millville], 1987
  • 139-  8 … Najeaya Singleton [Vineland], 2016
  • 139-  8 … Tomara Carmichael [Palmyra], 2016
  • 139-  5 … Taylor Johnson [Kingsway], 2011
  • 139-  1 … Erica Davis [Northern Burlington], 2003

Carmichael’s best throw as a freshman was 106-5 at the Burlington County Open. Her top throw last year was 127-9, which won the state Group 1 title.

Carmichael is the first Palmyra girl to repeat as state champ since ReJeana Marigna won the 100 and 400 in both 2007 (12.35, 58.08) and 2008 (12.15, 58.97). Marigna also won the 200 in 2008 and the 400 in 2006 for six total state titles.

She’s also the first repeat winner of the state Group 1 title since Pitman’s Chelsea Cijoffi in 2009 and 2010.

On Saturday, Carmichael will look for the Group 1 sweep when she competes in the shot put.

She’s the No. 2 seed at 39-3 1/2, behind only Zyra Thomas of Schalick. Thomas and Carmichael went 1-2 at the South Jersey Group 1 sectionals.

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