Haddon Heights sophomore Cydney Thomas bombed a personal-best and South Jersey-best in the discus at the South Jersey Group 1 meet at Washington Township.
Thomas added four feet to her PR and school record of 123-3, set at the Rowland Relays last month. Her mark is No. 3 in the state and No. 1 in the state Group 1.
The official meet program lists the meet record as 124-0 set in 2009 by Pitman’s Chelsea Cioffi, but Palmyra’s Tomara Carmichael actually threw 130-9 at the 2016 S.J. Group 1 sectionals. But Thomas will get two more shots at that.
The top four Group 1 throwers going into states next weekend are from South Jersey — Thomas, Pitman senior Hannah Cioffi (who presumably is related to Chelsea Cioffi) at 123-11, senior Zyra Thomas of Schalick at 115-9 and Paulsboro junior Amaya Reed-Clark at 110-11.
Last year, the top four finishers at Group 1 states were from South Jersey, but the top three were seniors. Thomas finished fourth and is the top returner.
Thomas is the first Haddon Heights girl to win a sectional discus title since 2004, when Rebecca Taylor won the South Jersey Group 2 title with a 102-1 throw.
Thomas also placed second in the shot put with a throw of 39-10 1/4. That’s an outdoor PR, breaking a 38-8 1/4 from the Camden County Championships. Thomas has a 40-7 1/2 from the indoor Meet of Champions