Recalling Lynn Kowal’s South Jersey record 40 years ago … and the all-time S.J. girls discus top-50!!!

In some events, these top-50 lists are packed with performances from the 1970s. In the girls discus, there’s nobody from before 1980 in the top-50 or even close.

The earliest mark in the top-50 is a 134-0 by Pemberton’s Lillian Rivera in 1984.

Which is relatively recently in track and field terms.

It got us wondering what the South Jersey record was before Lillian, who was a rare Meet of Champions winner in all three throws!

The answer?

Lynn Kowal of Highland.

Kowal threw 126-5 at the 1980 Camden County Championships at Haddon Township, breaking the South Jersey record of 124-8 set a year earlier by Amy Gaines of Kennedy. Kowal also won the shot that day with a 39-4 1/4, which was a pretty big throw back then as well.

Kowal took second at the state Group 4 meet at 125-5 (and won the shot) and then added a few inches to her South Jersey record at the Meet of Champions when she threw 126-11 and placed third at the Meet of Champions.

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That stood as the South Jersey record for four years, until Rivera threw 132-8 at the 1984 Burlington County Open at Willingboro. Rivera extended her own mark to 134-0 at the South Jersey Group 4 sectionals at Toms River East.

The record then became the property of Millville’s Geri Riley [140-0 in 1987], Eastern’s Tisha Kerrin [153-6 in 1989 and she broke the S.J. shot record the same day], Jamine Moton of Delsea [161-1 in 1997] and for the last 16 years Jocelyn White of Delsea, who threw 172-2 at the state Group 3 meet at Egg Harbor in 2004.
172-2 … Jocelyn White [Delsea], 2004
168-10 … Jessica Woodard [Cherokee], 2013
161- 1 … Jamine Moton [Delsea], 1997
153- 6 … Tisha Kerrin [Eastern], 1989
153- 2 … Sylvia Galarza [Millville], 2004
149- 3 … Tara Daniels [Kingsway], 2013
146- 5 … Kim Warren [Atlantic City], 2006
143- 3 … Mercedes Hicks [Atlantic City], 2006
143- 2 … Najeaya Singleton [Vineland], 2017
140- 6 … Typhanie Bates [Williamstown], 1995
140- 1 … Melinda Boykin[Bridgeton], 1997
140- 0 … Geri Riley [Millville], 1987
139- 8 … Tomara Carmichael [Palmyra], 2016
139-7 … Victoria Imbesi [Our Lady of Mercy], 2009
139- 5 … Taylor Johnson [Kingsway], 2011
139- 1 … Erica Davis [Northern Burlington], 2003
138¬-11 … Jen Frank (Delsea], 2006
137- 1 … Melinda Boykin [Bridgeton], 1996
136¬-11 … Betsy Kennedy [Delran], 2000
136¬- 7 … Gabriel Harris-Davis [Timber Creek], 2016
136-3 … Ashleigh Weems [Millville], 2012
136-3 … Cydney Thomas [Haddon Heights], 2019
136¬-0 … Cindy Wilks [Bridgeton], 2000
135¬-4 … Veronica Myricks [Willingboro], 2005
134-11 … Nacole Moore [Bridgeton], 1998
134-10 … Stacy Hinson [Lenape], 1987
134-3 … Katherine Johnson [Haddonfield], 2012
134-0 … Lillian Rivera [Pemberton], 1984
133-4 … Cheyenne Lutek [Schalick], 2012
132-3 … Sylvia Galarza [Millville], 2004
132-2 … Sherreta Butler [Camden], 1996
132-1 … Superia Ryan [Schalick], 2015
131-5 … Chelsea Cioffi [Pitman], 2010
131-4 … Jordan Wallace [Sterling], 2016
130-6 … Ravin Hood [Rancocas Valley], 2019
130-3 … Prisca Blamon [Cinnaminson], 2017
130-1 …Veronica Myricks [Willingboro], 2005
129-9 … Maddie Bradway [Ocean City], 2016
129-8 … Ronetta Hunter [Burlington Twp.], 2015
129-7 … Emily Hilt [Kingsway], 2015
129-4 … Michaela Pomatto [Egg Harbor Twp.], 2019
129-3 … Alexis Kennedy [Millville], 2012
129-3 … Stacie Belzer [Glassboro], 2002
129-3 … Shaniyla Johnson [Sterling], 2016
129-2 … Brinae Thompson [Delsea], 2019
129-2 … Rose Perry [Riverside], 2003
128-11 .. Lynlee Phillips [Shawnee], 1999
128-3 … Monique Spruill [Burlington Twp.], 2002 [sp.?]
128-0 … Stephanie Scaramella [Bishop Eustace], 2007
127-8 … Annika Hantho [Woodstown], 2019 

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