Williamstown’s Ciara Demarest PR’d for a third straight meet Thursday, extending her South Jersey No. 1 mark to 38-3.
Demarest threw 38-3 at the Cherokee Thrown Down No. 1 at Cherokee High School in Marlton, winning by about a foot and a half over Millville junior Shan’teri Myrick, who threw 36-7.
Demarest opened her high school career with a 36-1 1/2 at a meet at the Bennett Center just before Christmas, then threw 37-1 at another Bennett Center meet before breakthrough through the 38-foot barrier on Thursday.
Her mark is No. 9 in the state so far this year and No. 1 among freshmen. According to the MileSplit national database, she’s No. 2 nationally among freshmen behind Carlie Weiser of Giddings (Texas) High School, who threw 42-2 while competing unattached at an open meet in Houston. Most Texas schools don’t have actual indoor track programs.
Demarest is nearing the South Jersey freshman class indoor shot put put record of 39-11, set in 2015 by Vineland’s Najeaya Singleton at Group 4 states. Nicole Sims of Plainfield set the state class record of 44-9 1/2 in 1990.