Holy Spirit’s Julia Bannan caps magical senior year with Meet of Champions discus championship!!!!!

Julia Bannan became the first Holy Spirit girl in 28 years to win a Meet of Champions title Saturday with a lifetime-best throw in the discus.

Bannan threw 129-0 at South Plainfield and won by nine inches over Olivia Prescott of West Orange, who had four throws within 2 1/2 feet of Bannan and finished with a best throw of 128-3.

The last Holy Spirit M-of-C winner was Kim Stoll, who won the high jump at 5-8 in 1993. She went on to become a four-year starter for the St. Joe’s basketball team.

Bannan also became the first South Jersey thrower to win the M-of-C discus since Jessica Woodard of Cherokee won her third straight in 2013. The last Atlantic County discus winner was Atlantic City’s Kim Warren in 2006.

Bannan won her second “straight” state Parochial B title with a PR of 126-8 before hitting 129-0 at the Meet of Champions. 

On Saturday, Prescott hit 128-0 on her second throw to take the lead before Bannan moved into the lead with her 129-0. Prescott had three more big throws – 126-9, 126-9 again and 128-0 – but Bannan’s 129-0 held up for the win.

Bannan was one of three Atlantic County girls to win a Meet of Champions title Saturday at South Plainfield. Lauren Princz of Egg Harbor won the 200 and Mariah Stephens of EHT won the triple jump at 37-10 1/4.

Atlantic County girls have won six Meet of Champions titles in the last three meets after winning 10 in the meet’s first 45 years.

Here’s a look at all the Atlantic County girls who’ve won Meet of Champions titles since the girls meet began in 1974:

1996
Nichole Hill [Oakcrest], 200-Meter Dash [24.71]

1998
Sherese Price [Pleasantville], 100-Meter Hurdles [13.85]

1999
Katrina Sye [Buena], 800-meter Run [2:11.82]
Frances Bundy [Pleasantville], Long Jump [18-3 1/4]

2001
Shameka Marshall [Oakcrest], Long Jump [18-10 3/4]
Shameka Marshall [Oakcrest], Triple Jump [38-10 3/4]
Chelsea Salisbury [Buena], Javelin [139-6]

2006
Kim Warren, [Atlantic City], Discus [138-10]
Mia Ali [Pleasantville], 100-Meter Hurdles [13.78]

2012
Helena Leyrer, [Buena], 400-Meter Hurdles [1:00.26]

2018
Lauren Princz, [Egg Harbor Twp.], 200-Meter Dash [23.90]
Brielle Smith [Oakcrest], Javelin [163-8]

2019
Claudine Smith [Atlantic City], Triple Jump [42-0]
Brielle Smith [Oakcrest], Javelin [157-0]

2021
Julia Bannan [Holy Spirit], Discus [129-0]
Lauren Princz [Egg Harbor Twp.], 200-Meter Dash [24.22]

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