Holy Spirit’s Julia Bannan caps huge weekend with another state discus title!!!!!

Holy Spirit senior Julia Bannan had a huge weekend, with a first, a second and a third and two PRs at the state Parochial B championships at Neptune.

Bannan won the discus by 32 feet with a throw of 126-8, a two-foot PR and No. 4 in Atlantic County history, and she also placed second in the javelin with a 104-1, a five-foot PR, and third in the shot put at 34-7, just off her PR of 35-8 3/4 from a dual meet last month.

That’s 24 points just from Bannan, enough to place ninth in the final team standings by herself.

The discus title was the second in a row for Bannan, who won the 2019 state title as a sophomore with a 112-3 and then had two wait two years to defend her championship.

Her 126-8 was only six feet off the meet record of 132-6 set in 2009 by Victoria Imbessi of Our Lady of Mercy in Franklin Township, Gloucester County.

It’s also the No. 4 mark in the state this year and makes her the No. 2 seed going into the Meet of Champions, just one inch behind Julietta Ambartsoumian of Northern Valley in Demarest.

Here’s a look at everyone who threw 120 feet at the various state meets this past weekend:

126-9 … Julietta Ambartsoumian [Northern Valley-Demarest], 1st, Group 2
126-8 … Julia Bannan [Holy Spirit], 1st, Parochial B
124-1 … Destiny Fields [Camden County Vo-Tech Sicklerville], 1st, Group 3
123-0 … Bryanna Wilson [Donovan Catholic], 1st, Parochial A
122-9 … Brynn Madonna [Northern Highlands], 2nd, Group 3
121-10 … Carly Cambria [Ridge], 1st, Group 4
121-1 … Michaela Pomatto [Egg Harbor Township], 2nd, Group 4

And here’s a look at the top five in Atlantic County history:

146-5 … Kim Warren [Atlantic City], 2006
143-3 … Mercedes Hicks [Atlantic City], 2006
129-4 … Michaela Pomatto [Egg Harbor Twp.], 2019
126-8 … Julia Bannan [Holy Spirit], 2021
124-4 … Christina Donall [Mainland Reg.], 2013

Holy Spirit also placed fourth in the 1,600-meter relay with the team of senior Taylor Magill, junior Vanessa DeJean, junior Makayla McLaughlin and junior Paige Snyder running 4:25.10.


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