South Jersey’s first indoor 40-foot shot putter was Sterling’s Linda Dougherty in 1980!!!!! Here’s the all-time S.J. top-50!!!

You have to go back 40 years to find South Jersey’s first 40-foot indoor thrower. Sterling senior Linda Dougherty hit 40-0 1/2 when she won the shot at the 1980 South Jersey Championships at Widener University in Chester, Pa.

Although she didn’t get a headline, and the usually excellent track writer Curt Holbreich doesn’t mention it in this story from the Feb. 7, 1982 Courier Post, that broke the South Jersey record of 39-1 set two years earlier by Willingboro’s Denise Thomas at the Philadelphia Department of Recreation Meet most likely at the Convention Center in January of 1980. (That broke the S.J. mark of 36-11 3/4 set in 1979 by Clayton’s Emma Painter.)

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Dougherty’s 40-0 1/2 remained Sterling’s school record for 39 years, until Alijah Caul threw 40-2 at the SJTCA meet at the Bennett Center on Jan. 7, 2019. Caul broke her own school record again when she won the state Group 1 title with a 41-8 five weeks later. She now throws for Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh.

All-Time South Jersey Girls Indoor Shot Put Top-50

47-5 ¾ … Zyra Thomas [Schalick], 2018
46-1 ½ … Najeaya Singleton [Vineland], 2017
46-1 … Cydney Thomas [Haddon Heights], 2019
45-3 … Nacole Moore [Bridgeton], 2000
44-6 ½ … Sylvia Galarza [Millville], 2004
44-3 ½ … Jocelyn White [Delsea], 2004
44-0 ½ … Melinda Boykin [Bridgeton], 1996
43-11 ¾ … Stephanie Scaramella [Bishop Eustace], 2007
43-10 ¼ … Mercedes Hicks [Atlantic City], 2006
43-10 … Rosetta Hunter [Burlington Twp.], 2015
43-4 ¾ … Jessica Woodard [Cherokee], 2012
43-4 ½ … Victoria Imbesi [Our Lady of Mercy], 2009
43-3 … Janice Rose [Delsea], 2011
42-7 ¾ … Typhanie Bates [Williamstown], 1995
42-5 ½ … Genevieve Tybicki [Our Lady of Mercy], 2007
42-4 … Sophia Coleburn [Haddon Heights], 2007
42-3 … Genevieve Rybicki [Our Lady of Mercy], 2009
42-1 … Donovan Bennett [Vineland], 2014
42-0 ½ … Lisa Stuto [Winslow Twp.], 2009
42-0 ¼ … Lola Agabalogun [Egg Harbor Twp.], 2013
41-10 … Lillian Rivera [Pemberton], 1984
41-9 … Bernadette McGowan [Paul VI], 2016
41-8 … Alijah Caul [Sterling], 2019
41-6 ½ … Dana White [Camden], 2000
41-3 … Tara Daniels [Kingsway], 2013
41-2 … Ciarra Johnson [Winslow Twp.], 2018
41-0 … Nicole Scott [Willingboro], 1997
40-11 … Alexis Kennedy [Millville], 2012
40-10 … Danea Wint [Vineland], 2015
40-10 … Nyla Noble [Egg Harbor Twp.], 2014
40-9 … Amanda Thompson [Camden], 2001
40-8 ¾ … Emily Hilt [Kingsway], 2017
40-5 ½ … Cameron Daniels [Vineland], 2015
40-4 … Shanna Campbell [Pemberton], 2007
40-3 ½ … Lacole Fields [Camden], 1996
40-1 ¾ … Kelly Staten [Atlantic City], 2001
40-1 ½ … Sophia Colburn [Haddon Heights], 2007
40-1 … Katherine Johnston [Haddonfield], 2012
40- ½ … Linda Dougherty [Sterling], 1982
39-11 … Tereana Parker [Millville], 2019
39-10 ¾ … Sarah Anderson [Seneca], 2007
39-10 … Ronny Martin [Absegami], 1998
39-8 ½ … Sandy Hinson [Lenape], 1988
39-8 ¼ … Karen Johnson [Williamstown], 2006
39-8 … Elisia Lancaster [Delsea], 2016
39-7 ¼ … Kimani Bartley [Vineland], 2015
39-2 … Bridget Sedivi [Cherokee], 1991
39-2 … Rose Perry [Riverside], 2003
39-1 ¾ … Stacy Hinson [Lenape], 1988
39-1 … Denise Thomas [Willingboro], 1980
39-0 ¼ … Tomara Carmichael [Palmyra], 2016
38-9 ½ … Emma Painter [Clayton], 1981

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