Ronetta Hunter was sitting in 5th place at the MAAC Championships Sunday as she stepped to the shot put circle with one throw to go. Her best throw of her first five was a 44-7 3/4.
Here’s what the shot put standings looked like at the Armory with one throw left:
46-2 3/4 … Alexandra Preckajlo [Manhattan]
45-5 ……. Lasma Padedze [Manhattan]
45-4 1/4 … Jordan Wildermuth [Monmouth]
45-1 3/4 … Chibuzo Amonu [Monmouth]
44-7 3/4 … Ronetta Hunter [Rider]
44-6 ……. Mike Maples [Quinnipiac]
Hunter, a Rider senior and Burlington Township graduate, was enjoying a consistent series after opening the trials with a foul – 44-4 1/4, 44-7 3/4, 44-0, 44-5 3/4. With an indoor PR of 45-2 from ECACs last March at Boston University, she was only a few inches off her best indoor throw ever.
But then, on her final throw? She bombed a 46-4 to win by 1 1/4 inches over Preckajlo.
That’s not only her best indoor throw by over a foot, it’s only 1 1/4 inches off her outdoor PR of 46-5 1/4, set last spring in a meet at Duke University in Durham, N.C.
Her winning throw moved her up to No. 3 in Rider history, behind only Wayne High graduate Jazmine Fenlator – the Olympic bobsledder – who threw 48-6 3/4 in 2007 and Red Bank Catholic graduate Fidele Junes, who threw 46-6 1/4 last year. Hunter is also No. 3 outdoors with her 46-5 1/4, behinds Junes (49-3 3/4) and Fenlator (48-8 1/4).
Hunter also scored a couple points in the weight throw with a PR 53-9 3/4. Her previous PR was a 50-10 3/4 in a meet earlier this month at Ocean Breeze. That 53-9 3/4 is No. 9 in school history.
Rider won its third straight team title, and it won by half a point over Quinnipiac, so without Hunter’s two PRs the 2020 MAAC Team Trophy would be residing right now in Hamden, Conn., instead of Lawrenceville, N.J.