Holy Spirit sophomore Morgan Keil, who hadn’t broken 30 feet in the shot put until about two months ago, is now a state champion.
Keil threw a personal-best 34-8 1/2 to win the shot at the Parochial B state championships at the Bennett Center Friday afternoon.
She won by 6 1/2 inches over China Efobi of Mater Dei. Teammate Julia Bannan, a junior at Holy Spirit, was third with a throw of 33-9.
Keil had a PR of 27-1 1/4 last winter and first broke 30 feet at the Bennett Center a few days after Christmas with a 30-7 1/4. She extended her PR to 32-5 at the state relays, then 33-2 at the NJCTC freshman-sophomore meet earlier this month and then to 34-1 1/4 at a SJTCA meet earlier this week.
So she’s now PR’d at six of seven meets this winter, including four in a row.
Her mark is No. 3 among South Jersey sophomores this year and No. 2 in Atlantic County, behind another sophomore, Tey’ana Ames of Atlantic County Tech in Mays Landing, who threw 37-0 at Easterns.
It looks like Keil broke the Holy Spirit indoor school record of 34-6 that Bannan set on Monday when she was third at states.
She’s Holy Spirit’s first individual state champion since Asia Young in the 400 in 2016, although Holy Spirit did win the state title in the 4-by-4 at 4:13.74 in 2017 with Isabella Desario, Ayana Plummer, Christine Conaghy and Kristy Goff.
She’s also Holy Spirit’s first state indoor shot put champion ever and the first sophomore in school history to win an indoor state title.