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 ========================================================================== 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 FOUL FOUL FOUL -- Tanner Harris unattached FOUL FOUL FOUL FOUL -- Carson Sears Throw 1 Deep DNS