Rowan sophomore Ryan Gebhardt surpassed 200 feet in the javelin for the third straight meet at the NJAC championships, winning with a personal-best 207-11.
Gebhardt’s previous PR was 206-6, when he won the 2015 Meet of Champions as a senior at Walkill Valley High School in Hardyston Township, Sussex County. His previous college PR was a 206-3 at the Oscar Moore Open in Glassboro in April. His best as a Rowan freshman was 193-0.
At the New Jersey Athletic Conference meet, Gebhardt actually opened with a PR of 207-0 on his first throw, then had a 205-6 before what turned out to be the winning 207-11. He threw 203-0 on his fourth attempt before passing on his next two with the win in the bag.
Second place Rob Melillo of Montclair State via Nutley High School was more than 10 feet back at 196-1.
Gebhardt now ranks No. 7 in NCAA Division 3.
It’s not clear what Rowan’s school record is with the new implement. The university’s web sites correctly lists Mike Juskus’s NCAA Division 3-record 273-3 as the school record with the old javelin but lists a 219-4 by Burlington City graduate Mike Boone from 1992 as the record with the new javelin. But the new javelin wasn’t in use until 2000, so it can’t belong to Boone.
(Juskus, by the way, like Gebhardt, hails from Sussex County. He played baseball at Hopatcong and didn’t try the javelin until he was at what was then called Glassboro State College. He wound up winning three Division 3 national titles and one NCAA Division 1 national title back when top Division 3 athletes were allowed to participate in D-1 nationals. He was also a 6-8 high jumper and 22-foot long jumper.)