Manhattan sophomore Ryan Addlesberger, a Cinnaminson High School graduate, was sitting in seventh place in the shot put Sunday with a best throw of 54-9 3/4 at the IC4A Championships in Boston with one throw to go.
Addlesberger made the most of his final throw, uncorking a near-PR bomb of 56-4, passing four throwers and moving into third place, where he finished.
Addlesberger set his PR of 56-5 3/4 two weeks ago when he won the Metro Atlantic Championships at the 168th Street Armory.
It’s been a huge breakthrough indoor season for Addlesberger, whose best throw last indoor season was a 50- 1/2 for fifth at the MAC championships and outdoor was a 51-7 1/4 when he was third at the outdoor MAC meet at Rider in Lawrenceville.
But he PR’d immediately at the start of indoors with a 53-4 1/2 in December in a meet at West Point, N.Y., then extended it to 55-4 at a meet at Towson (Md.) University in January.
He surpassed 56 feet (and 17 meters) for the first time at a meet at Ocean Breeze on Staten Island later in January, then won his first conference title at the Armory with his 56-5 1/2.
Addlesberger has twice been named MAC Field Performer of the Week this season and has also been named ATAX Manhattan College Student-Athletes of the Week.
Using the 16-pound college and international shot, Addlesberger has already surpassed his high school PR, set with the lighter 12-pound shot. His best indoor throw at Cinnaminson was a 54-1 3/4 that won the 2015 state Group 1 title by nearly six feet.
His outdoor high school PR was a monster 57-5 1/4 at the 2015 Burlington County Open at Maple Shade. He went on to win the outdoor state Group 2 title and place fifth at Meet of Champions.