Bishop Eustace graduate Montel Johnson, a junior at Monmouth, shattered the South Jersey alumni record in the hammer throw Saturday with a 197-7 bomb in a meet at Lehigh.
Johnson, a Gibbsboro native, placed first in the Lehigh Carol & John Covert Classic in Bethlehem. His series is not listed in the official results.
The previous best throw by a South Jersey native was recorded just a few weeks ago when Jude Misko, a Cherry Hill East graduate and a senior at Rutgers-Camden, threw 195-5 in a meet at Stockton University in Galloway.
Johnson’s previous PR was a 192-11 last month at a meet at Lafayette. He and Misko are both vying to become the first 200-foot hammer thrower in South Jersey history.
Johnson’s 197-7 is the No. 1 throw in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference this year and No. 6 in Monmouth history, the best throw by a Monmouth athlete in five years.
Johnson was a sectional champ in the discus at Cherry Hill East with a PR of 157-5 and he threw the shot 50-1. He first threw the hammer as a freshman at Monmouth, reaching 161-11 in 2018. He threw 190-4 as a sophomore in 2019 before a two-year layoff. He’s now PR’d twice in his last four meets.