Two former high school hammer throw stars stole the show at the US Junior Championships in Bloomington, Indiana. The meet not only acted as the national championship for athletes born in 1993 or later, but also served as a qualifying meet for the World Junior Championships. The top two athletes in each event earned a spot for the meet that will take place early next month.
US junior record holder Shelby Ashs was the high school national champion and record setter last year while prepping in Georgia. This year she put off college to focus on training towards the Olympic trials, and it paid off on Saturday. She led the entire competition and launched a new national junior record of 68.12 meters in the fourth round. That mark is just under this year’s leading world junior mark of 68.44 meters thrown by Alexandra Tavernier of France. Second place went to Deanna Price, who ranked 3rd among high school throwers last season. Now she has moved from Missouri to Southern Illinois University where she placed 10th at the NCAA Championships last week. Her best throw of 61.82m was just under the personal best she set last month. Both Ashe and Price threw over the old meet record and will travel to Barcelona for the World Junior Championships.
High school junior and national leader Rudy Winkler of Averill Park, NY captured the men’s junior title. All three of his legal throws were better than runner-up Matthias Tayala. Winkler was expected to win and had already broken 72 meters with the international junior 6-kilogram implement this year. Tayala is a new thrower on the scene, having just started the event last Fall as a freshman at Kent State University. But the former Ohio state shot put and discus champion threw a personal best to improve from fourth place to second place on his final attempt and also qualifying for the World Junior team. Collegiate throwers Benjamin Glauser (Harvard) and Bradley Sauer (Southern Illinois) were very close behind him in third and fourth place.
June 15-17, 2012 Robert C. Haugh Track and Field Complex Bloomington, IN Men Hammer Throw ================================================================ Best 8 advance to final, ties will be broken World Jr.: W 82.97m 2009 Javier Cienfuegos, ESP American Jr.: A 80.79m 2010 Conor McCullough USA Jr. Meet: M 78.28m 2010 Conor McCullough WJC Qual: & 66.20m Name Year Team Finals ================================================================ Finals 1 Winkler, Rudy Unattached 70.75m& FOUL 69.79m 70.75m FOUL FOUL 69.75m 2 Tayala, Matthias Unattached 68.04m& FOUL 64.55m FOUL 65.44m 65.67m 68.04m 3 Glauser, Benjamin Harvard University 67.75m& 67.75m 67.27m 62.01m 61.69m 65.66m 64.51m 4 Sauer, Bradley Southern Ill 67.27m& 63.77m 65.41m FOUL 64.99m FOUL 67.27m 5 Enekwechi, Chukwuebuke Unattached 63.87m 63.54m 63.31m FOUL 63.87m 62.77m FOUL 6 Servino, Thomas Dartmouth College 63.38m 58.08m 60.71m 62.40m 61.97m 63.38m 63.05m 7 Strawn, Kyle Unattached 61.63m FOUL 60.86m 61.63m 60.25m FOUL 60.46m 8 Gaitan, Enrique Unattached 61.50m 61.05m 58.15m 61.22m 59.95m 60.88m 61.50m 9 Brentnall Jr, Edward Manhattan College 60.30m 10 Foley, Michael Unattached 60.23m 11 Loe, Nathanael Illinois 60.19m 12 Ackell, Christopher Unattached 58.86m 13 Thornton, Darien Unattached 58.02m 14 Donnelly, Sean Unattached 57.81m 15 Minor, Ryan Coast. Carolina 57.53m 16 Wideman Jr, Curtis Southern Ill 56.84m 17 Farley, Kevin Southeast Mi 55.94m 18 Minor, Colin Unattached 55.07m 19 Dan, Isaac California 53.95m 20 Miller, Andrew Unattached 53.35m 21 Brown, Cameron Ravenwood High 52.88m 22 Schneeberger, Jake Colorado State 51.55m -- Tuttle, Jeremy Lsu FOUL Women Hammer Throw ========================================================================== Best 8 advance to final, ties will be broken World Jr.: W 73.24m 2005 Zhang Wenxiu, CHN American Jr.: A 65.32m 2010 Shelby Ashe USA Jr. Meet: M 60.76m 2010 Shelby Ashe WJC Qual: & 56.00m Name Year Team Finals ========================================================================== 1 Ashe, Shelby Throw1deep Club 68.12mA 223-06 FOUL 63.98m 65.93m 68.12m FOUL 61.82m 2 Price, Deanna Southern Ill 61.82mM 202-10 60.16m 61.62m 61.82m 55.19m 60.67m 57.22m 3 Hicks, Kiah Colorado State 57.78m& 189-07 52.34m 56.85m 57.78m FOUL FOUL FOUL 4 Williams, Jianna Unattached 54.15m 177-08 54.15m 52.94m FOUL FOUL FOUL 53.25m 5 McFetters, Robyn University of Maine 53.64m 176-00 53.09m FOUL 49.48m 53.64m FOUL FOUL 6 Foster, Katherine Unattached 53.42m 175-03 52.96m 53.42m FOUL FOUL FOUL FOUL 7 Lozano, Sophia Southern Ill 52.56m 172-05 52.30m 52.56m 52.36m FOUL 52.47m FOUL 8 Imani, Jessica Cal Irvine 50.89m 166-11 46.85m 50.69m 50.89m 50.26m 49.65m 47.61m 9 Weber, Ashley Unattached 49.89m 163-08 10 Pratt, Tonia Murray State 49.53m 162-06 11 Wilder, Sidnie Unattached 49.39m 162-00 12 King, Erica Unattached 49.24m 161-06 13 Hussey, Sarah Cal Davis 48.56m 159-04 14 Vermillion, Heather Unattached 48.24m 158-03 15 Watt, Cynthia Unattached 48.00m 157-06 16 Cooks, Alexis Unattached 40.89m 134-02 -- Ishmar, Raqurra Unattached FOUL