Hammonton’s Nate Karl leads parade of South Jersey shot putters to 50-foot throws and PRs at Cherokee Throwdown!!!

Hammonton senior Nate Karl led four South Jersey shot putters over the 50-foot barrier with a huge PR Thursday night at the Cherokee Thrown Down #2 in Marlton.

Karl threw 54-9, more than a two-foot PR over the 52-6 he threw just before Christmas at the Bennett Center.

Also over 50 feet were Williamstown senior Dan Manion, Delsea junior Joe Metzger and Cinnaminson junior Luke Walton.

All four posted PRs.

There are now six South Jersey throwers over 50 feet this indoor season. In addition to these four, John Purvis of Winslow has a 60-foot throw and Willingboro’s C.J. Johnson threw 50-4 at the state relays.

Let’s take a look at all four throwers who went over 50 feet on Thursday night:

NATE KARL: He’s now been over 50 feet in six of eight meets this year and over 49 feet in two others, and he’s surpassed 52 feet in each of his last three meets.

Coming into this season, Karl had a PR of 49-2 1/2 from his win at the Atlantic County Championships at Buena last May and an indoor PR of 47-0 from a meet at the Bubble in December of 2018.

Karl’s mark makes him No. 2 in South Jersey so far this season, behind only Purvis, who bombed his 60-0 back in December at the Bubble.

It’s the best throw by an Atlantic County thrower since Cade Antonucci of Holy Spirit hit 57-9 in 2016.

DAN MANION: Manion also PR’d, adding a few inches to the 50-6 3/4 he threw earlier this month at the state relays. Manion has an outdoor PR of 52-2 3/4 from the Meet of Champions last year, which was his only meet over 50 feet as a junior.

JOE METZGER: Metzger’s PR was his second in five days. He hit 50 feet for the first time earlier this week at the Bubble. His overall PR is a 48-7 from the Willingboro Relays Championships last May.

LUKE WALTON: Walton became the latest Cinnaminson 50-footer after coming into the meet with a PR of 48-7 from the state relays. Walton’s best throw last year was 46-6 at sectionals.

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