Cade Antonucci bombs his way to M-of-C javelin title with #3 mark in state history to lead dramatic S.J. SWEEP!!!!!!

A sore shoulder limited Cade Antonucci all year, but with a Meet of Champions title on the line, Antonucci didn’t hold back.

The versatile Holy Spirit senior, on his final throw of the Meet of Champions, flung the javelin 220-11 to not only pass Timber Creek’s Alexander Georgiou and win the title but also move into the No. 2 spot in South Jersey history and No. 3 spot in state history.

Antonucci led a 1-2-3-4 South Jersey finish, with three of the throwers coming out of the Cape Atlantic League.

Antonucci broke the Atlantic County record, Georgiou broke the Camden County record with his 212-2, and third-place finisher Steve Jernee of Ocean City broke the Cape May County record with a 209-4. Josh Moore of Middle Township was fourth with a 195-11.

Antonucci’s previous career-best was a 206-10 at last year’s state Non-Public B meet, and he was close to that at 205-8 to win the Meet of Champions a week later. But his season best was 198-0 at Woodbury.

So he added 14 feet to his PR and nearly 23 feet to his season best!

Georgiou’s previous PR was a 191-2 for second at Group 3 states, but before the Olympic Conference meet three weeks ago, his PR was 181-10 from last year’s state meet. So he’s added a staggering 31 feet in less than a month!!!

Jernee beat Antonucci and Moore at the Cape-Atlantic meet, where he threw his PR of 191-5. So he added nearly 18 feet to his PR!

And then there’s Moore, who went into the Meet of Champions with a PR of 179-9 from states and added 16 feet!

So to review:

Antonucci: Old PR 206-10, New PR 220-11. Improvement: 14 feet, 1 inch
Georgiou: Old PR 191-2, New PR 212-4. Improvement: 21 feet, 2 inches
Jernee: Old PR 191-5, New PR 209-4. Improvement: 17 feet, 11 inches
Moore: Old PR 179-9, New PR 195-11. Improvement: 16 feet, 2 inches

Incredible!

Antonucci is the first South Jersey javelin thrower in meet history to repeat, and his 220-11 is less than four feet off the state record.

Here’s the all-time state list, with everybody in New Jersey history who’s thrown 200 with the new javelin:

224-10 … Curtis Thompson [Florence], 2014
224- 1 … Kaleb Zuidema [Midland Park], 2010
220-11 … Cade Antonucci [Holy Spirit], 2017
217- 9 … Dean Sullivan [Delbarton], 2011
216- 6 … Chris Mirabelli [Holy Cross], 2014
213- 5 … Nick Mirabelli [Rancocas Valley], 2017
212- 2 … Alexander Georgiou [Timber Creek], 2017
209-11 … Stephen Burk [Parsippany], 2012
209- 5 … Kevin Steimle [Mahwah], 2009
209- 4 … Steve Jernee [Ocean City], 2017
209- 0 … Josh Suttmeier [North Hunterdon], 2010
208-11 … Kevin Seery [Hanover Park], 2011
207- 7 … Seth Zuidema [Midland Park], 2014
206- 8 … Nick Mirabelli [Rancocas Valley], 2017
206- 1 … Mike Brazil [North Arlington], 2014
205-11 … Robert Scales [Middletown South], 2002
204- 3 … Marion Easley [Somerville], 2005
203- 7 … James Malizia [St. Joe’s-Montvale], 2002
203- 6 … Stephen Benigno [Cherry Hill East], 2014
202-10 … Chandler Balter [Livingston], 2014
202- 9 … Brian Florek [Old Bridge], 2007
202- 6 … Jim Tully [Christian Brothers Academy], 2010
202- 0 … Steven Pierce [Ridgewood], 2006
201- 8 … Dajon Chappell [Morris Hills], 2017
201- 5 … Zachary Torrell [Lacey Twp.], 2011
201- 4 … Will Gonzalez [Cedar Grove], 2010
201- 0 … Sean Biehn [Burlington City], 2006
200- 3 … Cody Unger [Jefferson Twp.], 2008

Antonucci, Georgiou and Jernee posted the No. 2, No. 6 and No. 8 performances in meet history, with the new javelin in use since 2002:

All-Time Meet of Champions Performance List
224-10 … Curtis Thompson [Florence], 2014 [1]
220-11 … Cade Antonucci [Holy Spirit], 2017 [1]
214- 6 … Chris Mirabelli [Holy Cross], 2013 [1]
213- 2 … Kaleb Zuidema [Midland Park], 2011 [1]
212- 5 … Dean Sullivan [Delbarton], 2011 [2]
212- 2 … Alexander Georgiou [Timber Creek], 2017 [2]
211- 7 … Chris Mirabelli [Holy Cross], 2014 [2]
209- 4 … Steve Jernee [Ocean City], 2017 [3]
208-11 … Kevin Seery [Hanover Park], 2011 [2]
207- 6 … Kaleb Zuidema [Midland Park], 2010 [1]
206- 1 … Mike Brazzel [North Arlington], 2014 [3]
205- 8 …….. Antonucci, 2016 [1]
205- 2 … Stephen Burk [Parsippany,] 2012 [1]
204-3 … Marion Easley [Somerville, 2005 [1]
202-9 … Brian Florek [Old Bridge, 2007 [1]
202-0 … Steve Pierce [Ridgewood, 2006 [1]
201-1 …….. Florek, 2008 [1]
200-8 … Seth Zuidema [Midland Park], 2014 [4]
200-3 … Cody Unger [Jefferson], 2008 [1]
198-1 … Christian Spaulding [Middletown South], 2011 [4]
196-10 … Tyler Yee [Don Bosco Prep], 2011 [5]
195-11 … Rich Barnish [Boonton], 2011 [6]
195-11 … Joshua Moore [Middle Twp.], 2017 [4]
195-9 … Rob Mahler [Brick], 2005 [2]
195-9 … Eric Williams [Holmdel], 2013 [2]
195-7 … Brandon Heroux [Westfield], 2008 [2]
195-2 … Andre Davis [Old Bridge], 2011 [7]

Antonucci; Rancocas Valley’s Nick Mirabelli, the state Group 4 champion; and Meet of Champions fifth-place finisher Austin Parsons of Pingry School (193-5) are entered in the championship division of the National Scholastic Championships in Greensboro, N.C.

 

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