George Mason junior Avory Ransome, a Penns Grove graduate, bombed PRs over the last two weekends in two events.
Ransome placed second to teammate Jaylen Simmons in the shot at the Father Diamond Invitational at his home track in Fairfax, Va., last weekend with a PR of 52-11 with the 16-pound shot. Simmons won the event with a PR of his own at 57-5 1/4. This past weekend, he threw a PR of 49-7 3/4 in the weight throw and also hit 52 feet for a second straight week in the shot.
Ransome now ranks 4th in the A-10 in the shot put behind Simmons and two Virginia Commonwealth throwers – Jaekob Vollbrecht (56-1 1/4) and Ebenezer Belayneh (54-3 1/4).
He also ranks No. 4 in George Mason history indoors in the shot put.
Ransome’s previous shot put PR, which was also his indoor PR, was a 52-5 1/2 when he placed fourth at last year’s Atlantic 10 Championships, also at his home track. His previous weight throw PR was a 44-0 3/4 last January in another meet at George Mason.
His outdoor shot PR is 52-2 3/4 when he was fourth in the outdoor A-10 Championships last May at Amherst, Mass. Ransome was the A-10 shot put champion as a freshman with a 50-7 1/2 throw.
At Penns Grove, Ransome threw 55-11 1/2 and was a county, conference and sectional champ in the shot put and a sectional winner in the discus outdoors and a sectional champ indoors.
Ransome, a native of Pedricktown, graduated from Penns Grove with a 4.0 GPA and was a member of the National Honor Society and salutatorian.
His first name was spelled A-V-E-R-Y when he was in high school.