Sophomore Zoe Goldberg got off to a hot start Saturday with the best javelin throw by an Eastern girl in 20 years.
Goldberg won the javelin at the Lenape Girls Invitational with a big PR throw of 126-6, nearly nine feet beyond her previous PR of 117-10, which she set when placing 15th at last year’s Meet of Champions at South Plainfield as a freshman.
That’s the best throw by an Eastern girl since Caitlin Ciello threw 148-8 to win the 2002 state Group 4 title at Egg Harbor and set a South Jersey record. That was the first year the new impliment was in use, and her mark stood as the new-javelin South Jersey record for 10 years, until Maria Jiminez of Vineland threw 160-8 in 2012.
Her throw is No. 8 in Camden County history with the new jav.
Goldberg, New Jersey’s top freshman javelin thrower last year, opened her series Saturday with a 107-0 before popping the 126-6 on her second attempt. She finished with a 109-6 in her three-throw series.
Her throw is best by a Camden County sophomore since Kathrine Johnston of Haddonfield threw 152-2 at the 2010 Haddonfield Invitational.
152- 9 … Kate Johnston [Haddonfield], 2012
148- 8 … Caitlin Cielo [Eastern], 2002
136- 6 … Danielle Still [Bishop Eustace], 2002
132- 4 … Kelsey Reese [Paul VI], 2011
128-5 … Saraly Gonzalez [Sterling], 2018
127-11 … Pam Watson [Haddon Heights], 2016
127-5 … Bernadette McGowan [Paul VI], 2016
126-6 … Zoe Goldberg [Eastern], 2022
124-5 … Maggie Volente [Audubon], 2006
124-3 … Amanda Porter [Audubon], 2013