South Jersey throwers went wild at the Metropolitan Track Championships Saturday at Rutgers.
Let’s take a look!
—> Rutgers freshman Alexa Gardner of Hammonton PR’d in the javelin, placing second with a throw of 146-3. She placed second, behind sophomore Kathryn Campbell, who won with a 194-4. Gardner had a high school PR of 142-1 from last year’s state Group 3 meet at Northern Burlington. She got close to that at the Florida Relays, where she threw 141-8, before recording two PRs on Saturday on her two final throws — 145-6 and 146-3. She’s now ranked No. 10 in the Big 10, and she’s the No. 2 freshman in the conference, behind only Minnesota’s Haley Poole, who threw 150-4 in a meet last weekend in Tucson.
—> Rutgers senior Chris Mirabelli from Holy Cross won the javelin by more than 10 feet with a 218-7. Mirabelli only got two legal marks – a 218-6 and a 218-6. He has a PR of 251-6.
–> Schalick graduate Zyra Thomas, a Rutgers freshman, threw a collegiate-best 43-0 1/2 to place fourth in the women’s shot put. Thomas, the national indoor high school champ at 47-5 3/4 last winter. Thomas also placed eighth in the discus with a 121-10.
—> Najeaya Singleton of St. John’s, a freshman from Vineland, was seventh in the shot put with a 42-0 on her final throw. That’s only three-quarters of an inch off her college PR of 42-3/4 set last month. Singleton, who missed the entire 2018 high school season with an injury, had a high school PR of 46-1 1/2 from 2017 indoor states and an outdoor PR of 44-9 3/4 from 2017 Meet of Champs.
—> Cinnaminson grad Ryan Addlesberger of Manhattan won the shot put with a 56-11 1/4, an outdoor PR. He does have a 58-0 from indoor Mets. He’s got the No. 2 throw in the Metro-Atlantic Conference, behind only Monmouth’s Corey Murphy, who threw 62-10 1/2 at a meet at Princeton last weekend.
—> Another Cinnaminson graduate, Rutgers freshman Kamron Kobolak, was fourth in that shot put competition with a 52-2 3/4, a personal-best with the 16-pound shot. Kobolak had a 51-11 3/4 indoors in Boston. His outdoor PR was 50-2 last month in Tampa. He’s now the No. 6 freshman in the shot in the Big 10.
—> Kobolak also threw a college PR in the discus, placing fifth with a 152-8. Kobolak was the Meet of Champions discus champ last spring and was second in the shot.
—> John Mooers, a senior out of Middle Township, won the discus with a 173-2 on his final throw. He threw a personal-best 178-4 earlier this year in a meet at Princeton. Mooers has progressed every year at Rutgers — from 152-8 as a freshman to 165-6 as a sophomore to 176-2 last year and now 178-4.