Stockton University freshman Steve Jernee extended his school record in the javelin to 205-7 this past weekend at the Widener Invitational in Chester, Pa.
Jernee threw 205-7 on his final attempt of the day, which also moved him past Christian Pavlovich of Messiah College and into first.
Going into the final set of throws, Jernee was in the lead with a throw of 200-2 on his second throw, and Pavlovich, a senior at the Grantham, Pa., school, was in second with a 197-4.
But Pavlovich took the lead with a 203-6 on his final throw. Moments later, on the final throw of the competition, Jernee reclaimed the lead and extended the Stockton school record with his 205-7.
Jernee had set the Stockton record with a throw of 204-4 at his first collegiate meet, the Stockton Invitational in Galloway on March 31. That broke the existing record of 203-2 set at the 2013 NJAC meet at Rowan by Jack Stephenson, another Ocean City graduate.
Jernee’s 205-7 ranks ninth-best in NCAA Division 3, according to the Direct Athletics database, and it’s No. 1 in the New Jersey Athletic Conference. He’s also the No. 1 freshman nationally, eight inches ahead of Luke Ballard of Birmingham-Southern, who threw 204-11 at the Southern Athletic Association Outdoor Championships in Sewanee, Ga., this past weekend.
Jernee’s PR is his 209-4 from last year’s Meet of Champions. That was his only meet in high school where he hit 190 feet.