Bishop Eustace graduate Montel Johnson won the hammer throw Saturday at the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championships in Lawrenceville.
Johnson’s day began inauspiciously with fouls on his first two attempts. In jeopardy of missing the finals, he threw 161-2 on his final attempt of the trials, moving into third place.
In the finals, he fouled again two more times and was still in third place and down to his final attempt when he threw the hammer 188-0 to win his second lifetime conference title. He won the 35-pound weight throw at the 2020 indoor conference meet at the Armory in New York.
Johnson came into this season with a hammer PR of 190-4 but hit 197-7 at a meet last month at Lehigh University in Bethlehem. That’s No. 5 in Monmouth history.
Johnson is Monmouth’s first conference champion in the hammer throw since Monmouth joined the MAAC in 2014 and first conference champ overall in the hammer since Vincent Elardo won the event in 2012 at the Northeast Conference Championships.
Johnson, a native of Gibbstown, is one of three South Jersey natives over 190 feet this spring in the hammer throw. Cherry Hill East graduate Jude Misko of Rutgers-Camden ranks No. 1 in NCAA Division 1 at 200-9 and Egg Harbor Township’s Darren Wan of Stockton University is No. 7 in D-3 at 190-10.