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.
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.
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.
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.