What a day for Faith Blamon!
On her first throw in the javelin at the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championships Saturday at Rider University in Lawrenceville, Blamon popped a monster personal-best 162-7 throw that stood as the meet winner — by more than 10 feet.
Blamon, a Cinnaminson High School graduate, came into the meet with a PR of 151-3 from the Bill Webb and Bob Davidson Spring Kick-Off back in mid-March in High Point, N.C.
Second-place was pretty far back. Stephanie Roones, Blamon’s Monmouth teammate, threw 148-3 on her first attempt of the finals for second.
Blamon’s throw is the second-best in Monmouth history. Three years ago, Kelsey Reese threw 164-4 at the MAAC championships. That was Reese’s only meet over 160 feet.
Blamon had a PR of 135-6 at Cinnaminson from the 2012 Hall of Fame Relays at Maple Shade.
Depending what happens elsewhere around the country, it looks like Blamon’s mark is somewhere in the top-30 in NCAA Division 1 this spring.
Blamon is the fifth Monmouth woman to win a conference javelin title … and the fourth with South Jersey connections.
The previous conference winners were Lynn Murray (1997), Tiffany Masuhr (2002) and Mary Wilks (2010, 2011) in the NEC and Reese (2014) in the MAAC.
Murray’s hometown and high school are unknown. But Masuhr, a Monsignor Donovan High graduate, eventually transferred to Stockton, where she was an NCAA Division 3 champion. Wilks was a star at Bridgeton, and Reese was a native of Deptford who threw for Paul VI.