Alyssa Wilson, the star high school thrower from Donovan Catholic in New Jersey, has done it! She has broken the national record in the shot put with her throw of 57-05.5 at the Eastern States Championships in New York Tuesday night. Her previous best was a 56-02.5 mark set at the Ocean County Championships back in January. The highly talented senior is heading to UCLA next fall.
Her record setting series involved the following distances: 56-2.5, Foul, 57-5.5, 56-7.5, 54-4, 53-5.
The old national standard was held by Raven Saunders since 2014 when she threw 56-7.5 at New Balance Nationals Indoor. Both these ladies are the only two to break the 56 foot barrier in US history, and now Wilson is the only one to break 57 feet!
This comes with Nationals still on the horizon, a chance to extend her mark on the indoor history books even further.
We recently caught up with the throwing sensation at the NJSIAA Meet of Champions where she threw 55-2.25 for the win and hinted that one of her fouls went over 57 feet. You can watch that interview from Sunday below.
More to come on this story.