Penns Grove’s Ransome bombs massive PR to win shot put at South Jersey Invite!!!

In the shot put, PRs are generally recorded in inches. For Penns Grove senior Avery Ransome, his PR on Thursday night was recorded in feet. Lots of feet.

Ransome added more than FOUR FEET to his outdoor shot put PR when he won the event at the 26th annual South Jersey Invitational.

Ransome, who had just PR’d at 51-1 1/4 at the Woodbury Relays, bombed the 12-inch orb 55-2 1/2 Thursday night to win by 11 1/2 inches over Cinnaminson junior Kamron Kobolak, who threw a PR of his own with his 54-3.

Ransome does have a 53-4 1/4 to his credit from an indoor meet back in January at the Bubble, but his winning throw Thursday night is No. 2 by a South Jersey thrower this year, behind only Holy Spirit’s three-way thrower Cade Antonucci, who PR’d with a 59-5 1/4 at Bridgeton.

The only Group 2 thrower in the state ranked ahead of Ransome is Saddle Brook’s Giovanni Gutierrez, who threw a ridiculous PR bomb of 62-8 3/4 for fourth place at the Penn Relays.

Here’s the updated SJI shot put performance list:

  • 62-10 ¾ Ron Dayne (Overbrook), 1996
  • 61- 7 ¼ Braheme Days Jr. (Bridgeton), 2011
  • 61- 4 Kofi Yamoah (Egg Harbor Twp.), 2013
  • 61- 1 ¾ Ray Wilks (Bridgeton), 1995
  • 61- 1 ….. Dayne, 1995
  • 59-10 ¾ Jon Kalnas (Paulsboro), 1998
  • 59- 3 ¼ Matthew Huckabee (Timber Creek), 2010
  • 58-10 ….. Wilks, 1994
  • 58- 2 Josh Awotunde (Delsea), 2013
  • 57- 3 ½ Dontaye Rivera (Pleasantville), 2012
  • 57- 1 ¼ Ell Ash (Willingboro), 2004
  • 56-11 Cade Antonucci (Holy Spirit), 2016
  • 56-10 Nick Pulli (Delsea), 2012
  • 56- 7 ¼ Ryan Addlesberger (Cinnaminson), 2015
  • 56- 6 Kofi Yamoah (Egg Harbor Twp.), 2012
  • 55- 9 ¾ John Johnson (Vineland), 1998
  • 55- 9 ½ Lou Gordon (Bridgeton), 1994
  • 55- 9 ½ Dennis Norman (Cherokee), 1997
  • 55- 9 Jaehlan Joyner (Burlington Twp.), 2016
  • 55- 8 ¼ ….. Ash, 2003
  • 55- 4 ….. Pulli, 2014
  • 55-2 1/2 … Avery Ransome (Penns Grove), 2017
  • 55- 2 Klaus (Haddon Township), 1995 

     

    Ransome is the first Penns Grove thrower to win the shot in the S.J. Invite’s 26-year history.

    The only previous Penns Grove winners in meet history are Jaymes Dennison in the 400 (49.00 in 2013) and Tarik Robinson in the triple jump (43-10 in 2015, 45-11 in 2016).

    Ransome’s throw is the best by a Salem County thrower in 10 years, since John Clark of Pennsville 58-1 1/4 in 2007.

    It appears to be the best throw by a Penns Grove shot putter since Chris Robinson threw 63-11 1/4 in 1990, a mark that stood as the South Jersey record for 22 years.

    Ransome also PR’d in the discus Thursday night at Delsea with a 146-1. That’s seven inches farther than he threw last spring at sectionals.

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