Millville’s Leah Howard opens season with monster javelin throw at Spartan Relays!!!!!!

Millville’s Leah Howard, one of the top javelin throwers in the country, opened her senior year with a monster throw at the Spartan Relays at Deptford.

Howard threw 146-2, two feet shy of her PR of 148-2 from last year’s state Group 4 meet at Franklin High. That’s No. 6 in South Jersey history and No. 16 in state history.

This time last year, Howard had never thrown farther than 123-3. But she hit 132-10 at Woodbury, 134-10 at the South Jersey Elite at Delsea, 134-7 at the Cape-Atlantic Championships at Bridgeton, 138-6 at Group 4 sectionals at Buena and that 148-2 at states before placing 2nd at the Meet of Champions with a 135-3 and then hitting 141-8 at the American JavFest in East Stroudsburg, Pa.

So her 146-2 is her 2nd-best throw ever. Unfortuantely, the timing company that worked the Spartan Relays did not include field event series in their results, which is ridiculous.

Last year, Howard ranked 16th nationally according to the MileSplit database. Her throw Saturday is No. 14 nationally according to MileSplit.

All-Time South Jersey 140-Foot Javelin List
168- 6 … Brielle Smith [Oakcrest], 2018
160- 8 … Maria Jimenez (Vineland), 2012
152- 9 … Katherine Johnston (Haddonfield), 2012
152- 4 … Jill Shaner (Egg Harbor Twp.), 2009
148- 8 … Caitlin Cielo (Eastern), 2002
148- 2 … Leah Howard [Millville], 2022
146- 7 … Victoria Imbesi (Our Lady of Mercy), 2008
145- 0 … Brielle Smith (Oakcrest), 2017
143-11 … Ayana Culhane (Absegami), 2016
142- 6 … Kaela Schrier (Cherokee), 2016
142- 1 … Alexa Gardner [Hammonton], 2018
141- 6 … Lindsay Minch (Pennsville), 2010
141- 5 … Kelly Yanucil (Bordentown), 2013
141- 1 … Tumelo Nwanma (Vineland), 2016
141- 0 … Jocelyn McRae (Millville), 2006
140- 8 … Julianne Foering (Rancocas Valley), 2016
140- 1 … Caitlin Ciello (Eastern), 2002
140- 0 … Melissa Lake (Cherokee), 2011

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