That was one heck of a shot put PR Monday night by Delsea junior Joe Metzger, who bombed a 54-1 1/4 in the SJTCA meet at the Bubble.
Metzger’s previous PR was a 51-0 at Ocean Breeze earlier this month. He’s only about a month removed from his first 50-foot throw, at the Bubble on Jan. 27.
You don’t get many three-foot PRs in the shot put! But this is Delsea, which turns out quality throwers every year!
The 54-1 1/4 – which led a Delsea sweep with senior Rick Kurczeski (47-4) and sophomore Josh Caudill (47-0 1/4) – is No. 3 in South Jersey this year, behind only John Purvis of Winslow (60-0) and Hammonton’s Nate Karl (56-11).
That’s the best mark by a Gloucester County underclassman since Nick Pulli of West Deptford threw 56-0 1/2 in 2013 and it makes him the No. 1 underclassman in South Jersey this year and No. 5 in the state.
Metzger is the third Delsea thrower in the last eight years to hit 54 feet indoors. Josh Awotunde, a 5-time All-America at South Carolina who ranks 25th in the world this winter at 67-1 with the 16-pound ball, threw 57-8 1/4 at 2013 Easterns. Bill Goldsborough threw 58-8 3/4 two years ago. Additionally, Ryan Knight threw 55-5 1/2 back in 1996.
Another 10 3/4 inches and Metzger will give Delsea four 55-foot shot putters!
Meanwhile, Kurczeski, a senior, threw half an inch off his PR, and Caudill obliterated his previous PR of 44-8 1/2 from three weeks ago at the Bubble. That’s an indoor-outdoor overall PR for Caudill, whose mark make him the No. 3 sophomore in South Jersey behind Willingboro’s C.J. Johnson (50-4) and St. Augustine’s Franklin Simms (49-10), both at the state relays.
He’s also the top Gloucester County sophomore since Kingsway’s Sam Shine threw 47-4 1/4 in 2014.