Where did this come from???
Pennsville senior Robert Saulin is known mainly for his football prowess. He was an all-South Jersey pick and as a junior helped Pennsville win the South Jersey Group 2 title as a two-way defensive end/tight end and this past year reach the Group 2 finals again. He recently committed to Temple after originally committing to U. Conn.
But in track?
Saulin won the Salem County title as a sophomore, but according to the New Jersey Milesplit database had competed in just two meets over the last two year and had thrown the discus in only one of them — last year’s Bridgeton Relays.
So what did Saulin do on Tuesday? He threw the discus 159 feet, three inches to win the Salem County title by 20 feet at Schalick.
Would you believe it was a 23-foot PR?
Saulin’s previous PR was 136-7 from the Bridgeton Relays last year, the only meet he is listed as competing in the discus since the end of the 2015 season.
The 159-3 is the best throw by a Salem County discus thrower since Anthony Robertson of Penns Grove hit 170 feet at the 2014 Tri-County Conference meet. Before that you have to go back to 2007, when Pennsville’s John Clark threw 170-3.
That 159-3 throw is No. 3 in South Jersey this year, behind only Collingswood’s Adam Hunt (175-5 at the South Jersey Invitational) and Holy Spirit’s versatile Cade Antonucci (169-1 at Woodbury) and No. 9 on the 2017 New Jersey performance list.
This from a guy who had thrown the discus once in a major meet in the last two years! He’s obviously a tremendous athlete, but this was quite a performance.
If the Milesplit database is accurate, Saulin’s 2014 season ended after the South Jersey Relays, his 2015 season after the Tri-County meet and his 2016 season ended after the Salem County meet.
Safe to say his 2017 season is just getting started!