McCullough breaks U.S. junior record at World Junior trials

Princeton freshman Conor McCullough has accumulated almost every junior record around in the past two years. He brok the U.S. high school records with implements of every weight, from 12-pound to 16-pound. This year, he continued his success and broke the U.S. junior national record with the senior 7.26-kilogram hammer. However, Walter Henning’s throw of 76.92m to win the 2008 World Junior Championships was still on the records as the U.S. junior record with the international under-20 6-kilogram implement. That all changed on Friday when McCullough unleashed a throw of 78.28m to win the U.S. junior hammer throw title in Des Moines, Iowa. McCullough also had two other throws that eclipsed Henning’s previous record.

With the win, McCullough secured himself a spot on the U.S. squad that will compete at next month’s world junior championships in Moncton, Canada. There he will seek to improve upon the silver medal he won at the 2008 World Junior Championships. Joining him will be runner up Justin Welch (Eastwood HS, Pemberville, OH). Welch only had two legal throws, but his third round attempt of 70.29m was more than enough to earn second place. In third was New Balance Nationals champion Alec Faldermeyer (Minisink Valley HS, Slate Hill, NY), followed by Davis Fraker (McIntosh HS, Peachtree City, GA). Fraker and Faldermeyer sit atop the high school rankings with the 6-kilogram hammer, having both thrown over 71 meters with that implement this year. However, Faldermeyer struggled until managing a good throw in the final round and Fraker had five fouls after his first attempt of 62.67m.

         2010 USA Track & Field Championships - 6/23/2010 to 6/27/2010         
                       Drake Stadium - Des Moines, Iowa    
Men Hammer Throw Junior
    WJC Qual: $ 66.00m
    Name                    Year Team                    Finals
  1 Conor McCullough             Princeton               78.28m$    256-10
      74.63m  78.28m  76.45m  72.06m  77.70m  78.26m
  2 Justin Welch                 unattached              70.29m$    230-07
      64.76m  FOUL  70.29m  FOUL  FOUL  FOUL
  3 Alec Faldermeyer             unattached              66.87m$    219-05
      62.64m  59.97m  62.59m  FOUL  FOUL  66.87m
  4 Davis Fraker                 Throw 1 Deep            62.67m     205-07
      62.67m  FOUL  FOUL  FOUL  FOUL  FOUL
  5 Robert Guider                Virginia                60.42m     198-03
      57.62m  59.68m  59.13m  60.42m  FOUL  FOUL
  6 Bradley Bolton               South Orange            60.12m     197-03
      FOUL  60.12m  FOUL  FOUL  FOUL  FOUL
  7 Leonard Joseph               Bucknell                59.87m     196-05
      58.09m  59.80m  59.87m  58.54m  59.61m  58.20m
  8 Enrique Gaitan               Throw 1 Deep            59.23m     194-04
      59.23m  58.68m  FOUL  57.02m  FOUL  FOUL
  9 Matthew Lloyd                unattached              59.01m     193-07
      FOUL  59.01m  55.70m
 10 Bret Hardin                  Throw 1 Deep            57.68m     189-03
      FOUL  56.22m  57.68m
 11 Casey Strong                 Texas A&M               57.68m     189-03
      55.83m  55.47m  57.68m
 12 Edward Brentnall             Throw 1 Deep            57.43m     188-05
      FOUL  57.43m  56.40m
 13 Phillip Steinert             unattached              56.61m     185-09
      52.35m  54.45m  56.61m
 14 Rod Dash                     unattached              53.78m     176-05
      51.05m  FOUL  53.78m
 15 Drew Staskiewicz             unattached              53.54m     175-08
      FOUL  53.54m  FOUL
 16 Brian Cooper                 unattached              53.07m     174-01
      53.07m  49.99m  FOUL
 17 Marcus Adame                 Mt. SAC                 51.98m     170-06
      50.81m  51.98m  FOUL
 18 Michael Montavon             unattached              51.77m     169-10
      51.77m  FOUL  48.75m
 19 Ryan Gates                   unattached              51.72m     169-08
      50.00m  51.72m  FOUL
 20 Mitchell Supan               unattached              51.47m     168-10
      51.47m  FOUL  FOUL
 21 Nathan Loe                   Throw 1 Deep            50.74m     166-06
      50.74m  FOUL  FOUL
 22 Tyler Regan                  unattached              50.55m     165-10
      FOUL  50.55m  FOUL
 23 Drennon Leverette            Throw 1 Deep            49.42m     162-02
      45.91m  FOUL  49.42m
 24 Andrew Dunkleberger          Throw 1 Deep            49.34m     161-10
      FOUL  47.96m  49.34m
 25 Bradley Szypka               unattached              48.99m     160-09
      47.67m  FOUL  48.99m
 26 Robert Grabill               Charleston Southern     47.94m     157-03
      FOUL  FOUL  47.94m
 27 Jared Harrison               unattached              46.45m     152-05
      46.45m  FOUL  FOUL
 -- Tucker Weathers              unattached                FOUL
 -- Tanner Harris                unattached                FOUL
 -- Carson Sears                 Throw 1 Deep               DNS
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