The New Jersey Milesplit database only shows a handful of career meets that Mainland Regional senior Kobe Roberts has thrown the javelin in.
There were three meets in 2016 and two last year, so the Jim Camburn Relays on Friday appears to be Roberts’ sixth career major meet in three years of high school track.
Talk about coming out of nowhere. The elusive Roberts, who is also Mainlands quarterback during football season, threw 197-1 in the large-school javelin competition at Buena, winning by more than 30 feet.
It’s the No. 2 throw in the state this year, behind only RV senior Nick Mirabelli’s 220-10 last weekend at the Rebel Relays in Howell, and it appears to be the No. 2 mark in Atlantic County history with the new implement, behind only Holy Spirit’s Cade Antonucci’s 220-11 at last year’s Meet of Champions.
Roberts’ previous career-best was a 184-4 at the same meet last year. His best throw ever outside Buena was a 172-5 at the 2016 South Jersey Group 3 sectionals at Northern Burlington.