Holy Spirit graduate Cade Antonucci, an Auburn sophomore, popped another javelin PR with a 233-9 at the Tennessee Relays. He actually threw two PRs.
Coming into the meet, Antonucci’s career-best throw was a 231-5, which he hit last year at a meet in Tucson, Ariz.
Antonucci placed fourth at the meet in Knoxville but second among collegians, behind Marc Minichello of Penn, who threw a PR of 237-8. Minichello, only a 204-foot thrower in high school, is a freshman out of Wyoming Area High School in Exeter, Pa., Luzerne County, near Wilkes-Barre.
Antonucci improved on every throw, opening with a 207-3, then improving to 222-6 and 232-2 before finishing with the 233-9 and a foul.
His throw is No. 2 in Auburn history. The school record is 239-7 set in 2014 by Justin Carter as a freshman at the SEC Championships.
At Holy Spirit, Antonucci had a PR of 220-11, won the 2016 and 2017 Meet of Champions titles and was second at New Balance Nationals. He also threw the discus 169-1 and the shot 59-5 1/4 and was a multiple state medalist in both, but so far he’s only thrown the javelin at Auburn.
According to the latest NCAA Division 1 rankings, four South Jersey alums — all from different high schools — are in the top 12 in the javelin: Curtis Thompson of Florence and Mississippi State, the 2018 U.S. champion, is No. 2 (254-5), Chris Mirabelli of Rutgers and Holy Cross is seventh at 237-2, Nick Mirabelli of Texas A&M is No. 8 at 236-6 and Antonucci is No. 12. Nick Mirabelli is the No. 3 freshman, just behind Minichello.
Those four are ranked No. 27, 93, 100 and 116 in the world, according to the IAAF rankings. And they’re ranked No. 2, 10, 11 and 15 among U.S. men.