Schalick’s Zyra Thomas PRs again at Meet of Champions, moves up to No. 2 in S.J. history, closes in on shot put record!!!

Schalick senior Zyra Thomas continued her record-shattering indoor season Saturday with a second-place finish in the shot put at the Meet of Champions at the Bennett Center.

Shelby Bigsby of Montclair, ranked No. 1 in the country at 50-2 from Easterns on Tuesday night, won with a 47-0 throw, but Thomas was next with a bomb of 45-5. That is over a foot beyond her previous PR and Salem County record of 44-2 3/4, which she set at the Bennett Center in January.

Thomas’s throw is the best ever by a South Jersey girl at the indoor Meet of Champions. It’s also the fifth-best non-winning throw in meet history.

According to the MileSplit data base, Thomas is now ranked sixth in the U.S. Her throw is No. 2 by a New Jersey girl this year.

Thomas moved up from No. 4 to No. 2 on the all-time South Jersey indoor list, behind only Najeaya Singleton, who set the South Jersey record of 46-1 1/2 last year.

ALL-TIME S.J. INDOOR SHOT PUT LIST
46-1 1/2 … Najeaya Singleton [Vineland], 2017 [i]
45-6… Zyra Thomas [Schalick], 2018 [i]
45-3 … Nacole Moore [Bridgeton], 2000 [i]
44-6 1/2 … Sylvia Galarza [Millville], 2004 [i]
44-3 1/2 … Jocelyn White [Delsea], 2004 [i]
44-0 1/2 … Melinda Boykin [Bridgeton], 1996 [i]
43-11 3/4 … Stephanie Scaramella [Bishop Eustace], 2007 [i]
43-10 1/4 … Mercedes Hicks [Atlantic City], 2006 [i]
43-10 … Rosetta Hunter [Burlington Twp.], 2015 [i]
43-4 3/4 … Jessica Woodard [Cherokee], 2012 [i]
43-4 1/2 … Victoria Imbesi [Our Lady of Mercy], 2009 [i]
43-3 … Janice Rose [Delsea], 2011 [i]
42-7 3/4 … Typhanie Bates [Williamstown], 1995 [i]
42-5 1/2 … Genevieve Tybicki [Our Lady of Mercy], 2007 [i]
42-4 … Sophia Coleburn [Haddon Heights], 2007 [i]
42-0 1/2 … Lisa Stuto [Winslow Twp.], 2009 [i]
42-0 1/4 … Lola Agabalogun [Egg Harbor Twp.], 2013 [i]
41-10 … Lillian Rivera [Pemberton], 1984 [i]

Thomas’s mark also moved her from No. 14 to No. 5 on the all-time South Jersey list, covering both indoor and outdoor marks.

ALL-TIME S.J. COMBINED SHOT PUT LIST
47-1 1/4 … Jessica Woodard (Cherokee), 2013 [o]
46-4 ……… Janiece Rose (Delsea), 2011 [o]
46-1 1/2 … Najeaya Singleton [Vineland], 2017 [i]
45-7 1/2 … Ronetta Hunter (Burlington Twp.), 2015 [o]
45-6………. Zyra Thomas [Schalick], 2018 [i]
46-1 1/2 … Nacole Moore (Bridgeton), 2000 [o]
45-5 ……… Sylvia Galarza (Millville), 2004 [o]
44-9 ……… Kim Warren (Atlantic City), 2006 [o]
44-9 ……… Lola Agabalogun (Egg Harbor), 2013 [o]
44-5 1/4 …. Melinda Boykin (Bridgeton), 1998 [o]
44-5 ……… Jamine Moton (Delsea), 1997 [o]
44-4 1/4 …. Dana White (Camden), 2000 [o]
44-3 1/2 … Jocelyn White [Delsea], 2004 [i]
44-2 1/2 …. Typhanie Bates (Williamstown), 1995 [o]
44-0 3/4 …. Mercedes Hicks (Atlantic City), 2006 [o]
43-11 3/4 … Stephanie Scaramella [Bishop Eustace], 2007 [i]
43-8 3/4 …. Janet Morris (Kingsway), 1991 [o]
43-7 …..… Shamire Rothmiller (Glassboro), 2008 [o]
43-6 3/4 … Angela Solomon (Overbook), 1989 [o]
43-6 3/4 … Talita Silva (Bridgeton), 2003 [o]

Thomas’s throw surpasses Nacole Moore’s 45-3 winner in 2000 as the top throw in Meet of Champions history by a South Jersey girl. It’s No. 15 in M-of-C history and makes her the No. 12 performer in M-of-C history.

ALL-TIME INDOOR M-OF-C SHOT PUT LIST
53-2 …… Nickolette Dunbar, 2016 (1)
50-0 …… Alyssa Wilson, 2016 (2)
49-9 ¾ …. Nicole Sims, Plainfield 1991 (1)
47-11 ¼ … Nickolette Dunbar, 2015 (1)
47-8 …… Therewsa Picciallo, Immaculate Heart, 2012 (1)
47-7 ………. Sims, 1992 (1)
47-6 ………. Sims, 1993 (1)
47-5 ½ …. Kim Hicks, Plainfield, 1992 (2)
47-2 ¼ …. Jessica Molina, Westwood, 2016 (3)
46-4 ½ …….. Picciallo, 2011 (1)
46-3 …… Taryn O’Connor, Hillsborough, 2007 (1)
46-1 ½ …. DeAnne Hahn, Brick Township, 2008 (1)
45-10 ¾ … Jessica Fazekas, Demarest, 2002 (1)
45-9 ½ …. Jessica Molina, Westwood, 2015 (2)
45-5 …… Zyra Thomas, Schalick, 2018 (2)
45-3 …… Nacole Moore, Bridgeton, 2000 (1)

Thomas, a four-time state Group 1 champ in the shot put, has an outdoor PR of 43-7 1/4 from last year’s Meet of Champions, when she was fifth.

Her indoor PR before this year was 42-8 1/2 from last year’s sectionals. She’s thrown at least 40 feet in every indoor meet she’s entered since the start of her junior year.

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