New Balance Indoor Nationals Weight Throw Preview

As the weight throw takes root in more places around the country, the significance of New Balance Indoor Nationals has only grown. With throwers developing in pockets in dozens of states, the unofficial national indoor high school championship serves as the only chance that all the throwers can face each other at once. This year’s competition will not disappoint. On the start list are led by 7 of the top 10 boys and girls in the country.

Girls Competition

Gabby Figueroa (Austintown Fitch, Youngstown, OH) has been on a role recently, adding five feet to her personal best over the last month. Now she ranks third on the all-time national list and is the clear favorite to win this year’s title after placing third in a close competition last year.

Figueroa’s biggest threat might have come rom Haley Showalter (Valor Christian, Highlands Ranch, CO). But Showalter, who has had strong results in few competitions, will not be there. In her absence the Throw1Deep club from Georgia has a good shot at two podium spots. Kamyrn Brinson (Marist, Atlanta, GA) will also be in the mix as she was just inches behind Showalter at the Simplot Games. Brinson also holds the national sophomore class record and will be looking to improve that mark on Sunday. Kelli Thomas (Luella, Locust Grove, GA) also has a season’s best slightly better than Brinson and is ranked third in the country. However she has not improved since December. A wildcard might be Mohogany Baker (Berry Academy of Tech., Charlotte, NC) who has also had fewer indoor competitions this year.

Boys Competition

The top three throwers have set themselves apart from the rest of the field and this will be the first head-to-head meeting among any of them this year. Adam Kelly (Barrington, RI) and Daniel Haugh (St. Pius X, Atlanta, GA) are within inches of each other on the national list. Kelly leads with the indoor implement, although Haugh set the outdoor weight throw national record has a much better mark outdoors in December. Kelly has been dominating the competition in the northeast while Haugh has been undefeated in his area and also at the Simplot Games out west. Added into the mix is Logan Bryer (Genoa Area, OH), who just won the Ohio state title and has thrown over 75 feet several times. It could be anyone’s meet to win.

Some of the class records might also be under threat. Nick Lane (Bowling Green, OH) has a chance to break the national freshman class record for the third time this year and Bobby Colantonio (Barrington, RI) has improved each of the last two weeks and is slowly closing in on the national sophomore class record.

Top Entrants

Boys Weight Throw Championship
Sunday 3/16/2014 - 12:30 PM
Natl, Armory:  93-03.25  3/15/2009   Conor Mc Cullough, Chaminade,W Hills, CA
Seed Name                  Yr  School                                 Mark
   1 Adam Kelly            JR  Barrington, RI                         79’01.25” 
   2 Daniel Haugh          SR  St. Pius X, Atlanta, GA                78’05.00”
   3 Logan Bryer           SR  Genoa Area, OH                         76’06.00” 
   4 Bobby Colantonio      SO  Barrington, RI                         72’06.50”
   5 Jonathan Zedella      JR  St. Edward, Lakewood, OH               69’05.50”
   6 Owen Russell          JR  Moses Brown, Providence, RI            68’10.50”
   7 Joseph Segreto        SR  St. Anthony’s, South Huntington, NY    68’00.25”
   8 Olusegun Thomas Vadis SR  Classical, Providence, RI              67’11.75”
   9 James Leddy           SR  St. Anthony’s, South Huntington, NY    67’01.50”
  10 Richard Delphin       SR  Roswell, GA                            66’09.25”
Girls Weight Throw Championship
Sunday 3/16/2014 - 9:30 AM
Ntl,Meet,Arm:  68-02.50  3/12/2011   Shelby Ashe, St. Pius X, Atlanta, GA
Seed Name                  Yr  School                                 Mark
   1 Gabby Figueroa        SR  Austintown Fitch, Youngstown, OH       64’11.00”
   2 Kelli Thomas          SR  Luella, Locust Grove, GA               58’11.50”
   3 Kamryn Brinson        SO  Marist, Atlanta, GA                    58’08.75”
   4 Alva Hicks            JR  Classical, Providence, RI              56’08.00”
   5 Mohogany Baker        SR  Berry Academy of Tech., Charlotte, NC  55’06.50”
   6 Leia Mistowski        SR  Narragansett, RI                       54’11.00”
   7 Andrea Vahoua         SR  Pope, Marietta, GA                     54’05.00”
   8 Nyla Woods            SR  Henry W. Grady, Atlanta, GA            52’02.75”
   9 Taniya Mitchell       SR  Mt. Vernon, NY                         52’01.75”
  10 Victoria Ebert        SR  Exeter/West Greenwich, W Greenwich, RI 51’09.00”

The complete list of entrants in the Championship and Emerging Elite divisions can be found here. The boys and girls emerging elite competitions will take place on Friday. The boys and girls championship competitions, featuring the top throwers, will take place on Sunday.

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