Shelton Sainvil is our favorite kind of athlete.
According to his MileSplit bio, Sainvil had a javelin best of 103-0 as a freshman at Florence, hit 119-11 as a sophomore and then threw 130-11 as a junior.
He PR’d with a 145-2 as a senior in 2017, when he reached the state Group 1 meet at Egg Harbor. That ranked him No. 186 in the state and No. 40 in South Jersey.
Sainvil stuck with it.
He went to Delaware Valley College in Doylestown and extended his PR to 156-11 as a freshman at a meet at Widener and then to 159-4 as a sophomore, again at Widener.
That was the last we saw of Sainvil into a couple weeks ago, when he resurfaced as a junior at Stockton University.
He PR’d in his first meet competing for the Ospreys, a meet at his home facility in Galloway Township, and then had a breakthrough in another home meet, throwing 173-3 earlier this month.
Sainvil has now PR’d by nearly 14 feet this year and nearly 30 feet since he graduated from Florence (although he did throw 157-6 the summer of 2017 at the American JavFest in East Stroudsburg).
He’s now ranked fourth in the New Jersey Athletic Conference and 38th in NCAA Division 3.
When Sainvil was a freshman, in the spring of 2014, his javelin partner at the Hall of Fame Relays in Maple Shade was senior Curtis Thompson, who went on to become a four-time All-America at Mississippi State, won the 2016 NCAA Championship, broke the U.S. Olympic Trials meet record in 2016 and won the 2018 U.S. championship.
Thompson, currently the No. 3 ranked American at 258-11, is No. 16 in U.S. history at 271-11.
But his former Hall of Fame Relays partner isn’t doing so badly himself!
It appears Sainvil went by “Marrick” Sainvil until his sophomore year at Florence.