Rutgers senior John Mooers, a graduate of Middle Township, bombed the discus a personal-best 185-2 Saturday to place third in the championship discus at the 125th annual Penn Relays on the river fields outside Franklin Field.
Mooers finished behind only Greg Thompson of Maryland, who threw 215-1, and Roje Stone of Clemson, who threw 196-10.
Mooers had a huge series, with his first four career throws over 180 feet.
Mooers, a native of Dennisville, Cape May County, went into the meet with a PR of 178-5 but opened with a PR 180-11 and followed with another PR of 182-10. After a 163-9, he PR’d again at 183-8 and then recorded his fourth personal-best of the day with a 185-2 on his fifth throw. He closed with a 169-9.
Coming into this season, Mooers had a PR of 176-2, but he extended that to 178-4 at the Sam Howell Invite and 178-5 at the Virginia Challenge before surpassing 180 feet four times on Saturday.
Mooers’ 185-2 moves him up to No. 33 nationally and No. 6 in the Big 10. Rutgers’ web site lists an all-time program top-10 for women’s track but not for men’s track, so there’s no way to tell where Mooers’ throw ranks in Rutgers history.