Sophomore Montel Johnson is enjoying a big year throwing the hammer for Monmouth, and is on his way to his first NCAA Track Championships.
Even though it doesn’t say anywhere on Monmouth’s web site, and his high school or hometown are never identified, and he’s not listed on their men’s track roster, I assume the Montel Johnson enjoying a big year for Monmouth is the same one who graduated from Bishop Eustace in 2017 and placed third at the state Parochial A meet in the discus.
If it’s not, then somebody else named Montel Johnson is having a big year throwing the hammer.
In any case, THIS Montel Johnson – the one we think is from Eustace — is headed for the NCAAs in an event he’s only been contesting for a little over a year.
Johnson threw 142-5 in his first meet as a freshman last year, a meet at Lafayette, but reached 161-11 by the end of the season.
He blew that PR away in his opener this spring with a 180-10 in a meet in late March and then threw 190-4 at the Sam Howell Invite at Princeton last month.
Johnson is ranked No. 2 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference behind only junior Enrique Martinez of Manhattan, who threw 197-2, also at the Sam Howell meet.
Martinez, Matthew Kraemer of Rider and Johnson placed 1-2-3 in the conference meet in West Long Branch earlier this month.
According to a story on Monmouth’s web site (that doesn’t identify where Johnson is from), Johnson qualified for the NCAA Division 1 East Preliminary round scheduled for this week at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville.
The meet runs Thursday through Saturday. The hammer prelims are scheduled for noon Thursday with the top 12 placers advancing to the finals in Austin next month.
Thanks to 9:06 two-miler Connor Melko for confirming that the two Montel Johnsons are actually the same Montel Johnson!
(Wait … but how do we really know that’s really Connor Melko?)