Earlier today, I posted how Monmouth’s Montel Johnson and Jude Misko of Rutgers-Camden were racing to the 200-foot barrier in the hammer.
Johnson, a 2017 graduate of Bishop Eustace, brought a hammer PR of 192-11 into Saturday’s meet at Bucknell and Misko, a 2015 graduate of Cherry Hill East, had a PR of 195-4 going into Misko’s meet in Philly.
Johnson competed first, throwing a PR 197-7 in a meet at Lewisburg, Pa., but a few hours later Misko eclipsed him, surpassing 200 feet for the first time.
Misko, a senior at Rutgers-Camden, threw 200-9 to win the Philadelphia Metropolitan Collegiate Invitational at the Mondschein throwing area outside Franklin Field.
Misko fouled on his first two throws before hitting exactly 197-7 – tying Johnson’s best throw from earlier in the day – before the 200-9 bomb on his fourth attempt. He finished with a 197-11 and a 195-3.
So he came into the day with a PR of 195-4 and then averaged 197-10 on his four legal throws.
Misko’s previous PR was 195-4 from a meet at Stockton earlier this month, so he had the three biggest throws of his life on Saturday in West Philly.
Misko’s throw is No. 1 in NCAA Division 3, two inches farther than Alex Kristeller of Widener, who threw 200-7 at a meet in Chester last weekend.