Rudy Winkler, Putting the Hammer Down on Track and Field

Sometimes what you wish for may require a little more patience than you anticipated. Track and field athletes know all about that. Just ask Rudy Winkler.

The multiple national champion from New York had been eyeing the U.S. record in the hammer throw ever since a promising sophomore year at Averill Park High. He came close to the 2008 mark of 260 feet by former Chaminade (Calif.) great Conor McCullough in October of last year when he set an unofficial state record of 258-6 in a small meet. … The Cornell-bound strongman was competing this past Sunday at the 21st annual Hammerama in South Kingstown, R.I. It was a meet that Winkler broke a 14-year-old record with a winning toss of 247-10. He might be back to the Ocean State at the beginning of August for another hammer competition, but the biggest meet that’s on his mind this summer will be the Pan American Junior Championships, held Aug. 23-25 in Medellin Columbia.

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