Emily Hilt opened her 2022 outdoor season with a hammer throw bomb, a school record and the No. 6 throw in NCAA Division 3.
Hilt, a Rutgers Camden senior from Kingsway, threw 164-3 to win the Stockton Invitational Saturday in Galloway Township, breaking her hammer PR and previous school record of 155-1 set at the same facility at the Osprey Twilight Invitational last April.
It’s the best throw by any New Jersey Athletic Conference woman in the last 10 years. Year-by-year results on TFRRS (Track and Field Results Reporting System) only go back to 2013.
Hilt, who focused on the shot and discus at Kingsway, didn’t start throwing the hammer until last spring. Her first hammer competition was the Stockton Invitational a year ago this week.
On Saturday, Hilt also won the shot put with a 41-11 ¼ throw and was 3rd in the discus with a 113-9.
Hilt was only eight inches off her shot put PR of 42-7 ¼, which she set last May at the Rowan Last-Chance Invitational in Glassboro. Her throw is No. 7 in Division 3 so far this spring.
Her discus PR is 119-4 from last spring’s NJAC Championships at Ramapo in Mahwah, and the school record is 121-11 set by Washington Township graduate Donna-Marie Kirk at the 2004 NJAC Championships at Stockton.
At Kingsway, Hilt threw 38-10 (and 40-8 ¾) indoors) and 127-7. She was a sectional discus champ and state medalist and sectional medalist in the shot.