Williamstown sophomore Ciara Demarest threw a new South Jersey No. 1 Thursday night, hitting a PR 39-2 at the Delsea Field Event meet.
Demarest threw 39-2 on her third attempt, the No. 7 throw in the state this year and a few inches farther than Tey’ana James of Atlantic County Tech in Mays Landing threw in a dual meet earlier this month for top S.J. honors so far.
Demarest is the No. 1 sophomore in the state and just 10 inches from becoming the first South Jersey sophomore to reach 40 feet since 2016, when Najeaya Singleton of Vineland [43-10 1/2], Zyra Thomas of Schalick [43-7] and Ciarra Johnson of Winslow Township [41-4] all did it.
The last Gloucester County sophomore to hit 40 feet was Paulsboro’s Lavon Childress, who threw 40-9 3/4 for 4th place at the 2009 Meet of Champions at South Plainfield.
Demarest’s throw Thursday evening is best by a Williamstown girl since Damiola Akinmade threw a half of an inch farther – 39-2 1/2 – at the 2013 Gloucester County Championships at Delsea. The school record is 44-2 1/2 by Typhanie Bates at the 1995 state Group 3 meet at South Plainfield. That was the South Jersey record from 1995 through 1997, when Jamine Moton of Delsea threw 44-5 at the South Jersey Group 3 meet at West Deptford.