Cade Antonucci continued his astounding freshman year at Auburn with a 13-foot javelin PR Saturday at the Jim Click Shootout at the Roy P. Drachman Stadium at the University of Arizona in Tucson.
The Holy Spirit graduate bombed a 231-5 to win the meet and lead a 1-2-3 Auburn sweep. The only better throw in Auburn history is Justin Carter’s 239-7 at the 2014 SEC championships in Lexington, Ky.
Antonucci opened at 206-1 and followed with a 198-10 before hitting his 231-5 on his third throw. He fouled, then passed and then finished with a 199-7.
Antonucci, a Mays Landing native, moved up to No. 12 among collegiate throwers, according to the DirectAthletics data base, and he’s also No. 12 among U.S. men, according to the IAAF database.
Before Saturday, Antonucci’s PR was his 220-11 from last year’s Meet of Champions at Northern Burlington. He approached that with a 218-8 two weeks ago at the Florida State Relays in Tallahassee.
Before the Meet of Champs last spring, Antonucci’s PR was a 206-10 from the state Parochial B meet his junior year. He has since thrown 220-11, 217-9, 218-8 and 231-5 in his last four meets.
At Holy Spirit, Antonucci threw 169-1 in the discus, 59-5 1/4 in the shot and 220-11 in the javelin.
Antonucci’s 231-5 is the No. 2 mark in college track this spring by a freshman. Anderson Peters of Mississippi State via Grenada opened with a 268-10 at the Bulldog Relays last month in Starkville, Miss.
His teammate, former NCAA champ Curtis Thompson of Florence, has not thrown this year.