Millville rising senior Leah Howard, the state Group 4 javelin champ as a junior, surpassed the 140-foot barrier three times Friday at the American JavFest.
Howard placed 6th with a best throw of 141-8 among some of the country’s top javelin throwers in the high school elite division of the annual javelin clinic and competition that draws throwers of all levels to East Stroudsburg (Pa.) South High School.
She also had throws of 140-11 and 141-4 and averaged 137-6 on her six throws.
Howard had only surpassed 140 feet once during the high school season, hitting 148-2 at the state meet at Franklin. That’s No. 15 in state history and No. 6 in South Jersey history with the current implement. Howard threw 135-3 when she placed 2nd at the Meet of Champions.
Howard, the No. 6 junior in the country this past spring, opened her series with a 140-11 and a 141-4. After a near 140-foot throw – 139-4 on her third attempt – she hit 129-5 before her 141-8. She finished with a 132-6.
Eliza King of Aiken (S.C.), who threw 152-1 in May, won the event with a personal-best monster throw of 168-10.
Howard 140-11, 141-4, 139-4, 129-5, 141-8, 132-6