Tucker Bombs Monmouth County Record And US No. 1 Shot Put

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Cole Tucker let out a huge primal roar as he was stepping out of the circle.

The Colts Neck senior throwing star knew he had just launched the biggest bomb of his career on the final attempt of his high school indoor career, and was anxiously awaiting the measurement at Saturday's Shore Coaches Championships at the Bennett Center in Toms River. 

Just how far did the 12-pound ball go?

How about 65-4!!

That's the best throw in the US this season, the greatest throw in Monmouth County history, and No. 8 in NJ indoor history!

Tucker's 65-4, a PR by nearly two feet, smashed the old Monmouth County record of 64-5 3/4 set in 2016 by Luke Grodeska of St. Rose. Tucker's series was 60-4, 55-0, 60-10, 62-5, 62-9, and 64-5.

When Tucker's 65-4 was announced, it touched off a spirited chest-bumping party as fellow competitors showed their excitement by celebrating with the newly crowned King of the Ring in Monmouth County.

The Boston University-bound Tucker takes over the top spot in the country from Cooper Mack of Watertown High in South Dakota, who held the No. 1 ranking with the 65-0.50 he threw to win the Adidas National Championship last month. Tucker was second to Mack at Nationals with a 63-2.25, which was career best until Saturday.


71-9-Nick Vena, Morristown, 2011
70-8-Braheme Days Jr., Bridgeton, 2013
67-1.75-Jim Gilligan, Toms River East, 1984
67-3-Kevin DiGiorgio, Bayonne, 1998
66-6-Glenn DiGiorgio, Bayonne, 2002
65-10-Steve Adams, St. Joseph (Mont.), 1970
65-6-Jordan West, Rahway, 2017
65-4-Cole Tucker, Colts Neck, 2021
64-5.75-Luke Grodeska, St. Rose, 2016
64-5.50-Chris Licata, Gill St. Bernard's, 2018