Delsea graduate Josh Awotunde set an indoor shot put PR and moved into the No. 2 spot in South Carolina history Saturday with a 65-0 3/4 bomb at the Columbia Challenge at the historic 168th Street Armory.
Awotunde, a senior, had a 61-11 on his third throw but then a 55-2 1/4 and a foul before popping the 65-0 3/4 on his final attempt of the meet to PR and move pass Ohio State’s Nicholas Demaline, who had thrown 62-5 1/4 on his final throw.
Awotunde’s previous indoor PR was a 64-6 when he finished fifth at NCAA’s last year at Texas A&M in College Station, Texas. His overall college PR is a 65-6 at last year’s Penn Relays at Franklin Field in West Philly. He also PR’d in the discus at Penn last year with a 191-11.
Awotunde’s throw is tied for No. 3 in the country this yea, behind only freshman Jordan Geist of Arizona [70-4 1/2 this weekend at a meet in Seattle] and Georgia junior Denzel Comenentia [65-11 at a meet last weekend at Clemson].
Awotunde was already No. 2 in school history but moved closer to school record holder Brad Snyder, a three-time Canadian Olympian who threw 66-8 back in 1998.