Add Brenna Smith to the ever-growing list of elite women javelin throwers from South Jersey.
Smith, a 2014 Haddon Township graduate and a junior at Liberty, threw a personal-best 158-7 at the Big South Conference Championships in Columbia, S.C., earlier this month to earn a berth at NCAA East Regionals in Lexington, Ky., this weekend.
Smith added nearly 14 feet to her previous PR of 144-11, set at the Gamecock Invitational in Columbia, S.C., in April.
Smith’s PR at Haddon Township was 121-4, so she’s now improved a staggering 37 feet in three years in Lynchburg. Her PR coming into this season was 140-10 from freshman year of college.
Smith is the No. 24 seed in the East going into the NCAA prelims, which begin Thursday in Lexington, Ky.
Incredibly, she’s one of four South Jersey products among the top 24 seeds in the javelin.
Let’s take a look:
Kelly Yanucil (Bordentown), Mount St. Mary’s: Seeded No. 10 with a career-best of 169-9, set at the Penn Relays.
Faith Blamon (Cinnaminson), Monmouth: Blamon is the No. 15 seed with a career-best of 162-7 set at the Metro Atlantic Conference Championships in Lawrenceville.
Katherine Johnston (Haddonfield), Rutgers: Johnston placed second at the Big 10 Championships at Penn State with a career-best 161-1. She’s the No. 18 seed at NCAA prelims.
Brenna Smith (Haddon Twp.), Liberty: Seeded No. 24 with her 158-7.
The javelin is scheduled to start at 4 p.m. Friday. Smith and Johnston throw in the second of three flights, Yanucil and Blamon in the third.
The top 12 throwers out of 48 entrants advance to the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore., in June.
Oh, by the way, the men’s javelin is crowded with South Jersey talent, as well! More on that tomorrow!