Bishop Eustace graduate Montel Johnson, a junior at Monmouth, won his first career conference title Saturday.
Johnson won the weight throw at the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championships at the Armory with a 61-8 1/2 on his first throw. That’s a PR by three-quarters of an inch over his 61-7 3/4 earlier this month at Millrose.
His best mark coming into this season was a 57-0 1/4 from last winter.
The Gibbsboro native is Monmouth’s first MAAC champion in the weight throw since Errol Jeffrey won the event (and the shot put) at the 2014 meet.
Johnson had the four-best throws of the competition Saturday!
After opening with his winner, he threw 60-5 1/4 and 60-6 3/4 on his last two throws of the trials. In the finals, he started and finished with a foul but had a 61-5 3/4 in between, his third-best throw ever.
Nick Kocienda of Manhattan was second with a throw of 59-6 3/4.
Johnson specializes in the hammer throw outdoors. He was third in the conference last year with a PR of 183-2.
At Eustace, Johnson was third at states in the discus (157-5) and fifth in the shot (51-1).
He never threw the hammer until April of 2018 and didn’t throw the weight until January of 2018.