Holy Spirit senior Cade Antonucci came within seven inches of the 60-foot barrier Saturday with a personal-best 59-5 1/2 heave at the Bridgeton Relays Saturday.
Antonucci’s previous outdoor PR was a 56-11 throw to win the South Jersey Invitational last year. It’s No. 3 in Atlantic County history, behind only Kofi Yamoah of Egg Harbor Township [61-4 in 2013] and Dontaye Rivera of Pleasantville [60-3 in 2012].
He had an overall PR of 57-9 from indoor Easterns in March at the Armory.
Antonucci, a rare three-way thrower, also has PRs of 206-10 in the javelin and 159-4 in the discus.
At Bridgeton, he threw 196-8 in the javelin but fouled out of the discus without a legal mark. His 196-8 is No. 2 in New Jersey this year behind a 198-0 thrown by Rancocas Valley junior Nick Mirabelli on Saturday.
Ace track correspondent Mike McGarry of the Atlantic City Press notes that Antonucci’s throw broke the Holy Spirit school record of 58-0 set in 1981 by Steve Hanson.
Antonucci’s mark is No. 1 this year in New Jersey. Not bad considering Antonucci is coming off a small tear in his rotator cuff that cost him most of the indoor season.
McGarry has more on that here.