Woodstown senior Kara Knorr popped a 38-0 foot throw on her final attempt of the competition to pass the leader and win a state shot put title.
Knorr won the state Group 1 title at Pennsauken.
With one throw to go, Walkill Valley’s Oluwatomilayo Akintunde led the Group 1 shot with a throw of 37-9 1/4. Knorr was sitting in second with a best throw of 36-6 1/4 from her first attempt and was in danger of finishing second for a second year in a row. Last year, she finished second to Paulsboro’s Amaya Reed-Clark, who threw 40-4 1/2 to Knorr’s 36-1.
But she walked into the circle for her final throw and moved heaved it 3 3/4 inches farther than Akintunde to win the state title.
She appears to be the first Woodstown girl ever to win a state title.
Knorr PR’d at the Salem County Championships last month with a 38-5 1/2 and then won sectionals with a 37-4.