Collegiate freshman and former Rhode Island prep throwers Charlie Ionata and Clarence Gallop captured first and second place in the men’s hammer at the final day of the USATF Junior Championships. After an exciting women’s competition on Saturday, the men’s competition started with a bang. Ionata, now throwing for Wake Forest University, opened the competition with a new 6-kilogram best of 67.70 meters. Gallop, throwing for Charleston Southern University, came within one inch of Ionata in the second round, but was unable to overtake him in his remaining efforts. The top high school thrower was Colin Minor (South Brunswick, Southport, NC) who finished in third. By placing in the top two and achieving the World Junior Championships qualifying standard of 67.50 meters, both Ionata and Gallop also get to return to Eugene in two weeks to go head-to-head with the world’s best.
USATF Junior Championships Hayward Field - Eugene, OR July 6, 2014 Junior Men's Hammer Throw =========================================================================== Name Year Team Finals =========================================================================== 1 Charlie Ionata Wake Forest University 67.70m 222-01 2 Clarence Gallop Charleston Southern Univ 67.66m 222-00 3 Colin Minor SR South Brunswick, Southport, NC 65.37m 214-05 4 Mahlik Handley University of Rhode Island 64.39m 211-03 5 Adam Kelly JR Barrington, RI 64.24m 210-09 6 Andrew Miller Indiana University 62.61m 205-05 7 Josh Whitener Harvard University 62.45m 204-10 8 Joe Ellis SR Eastlake, Sammamish, WA 62.04m 203-06 9 Timothy Brennan Dartmouth College 61.52m 201-10 10 Daniel Haugh SR St. Pius X, Atlanta, GA 61.19m 200-09 11 Jeremy Franklin SR Serra Gardena, CA 60.90m 199-10 12 Brock Eager SR Tahoma, Covington, WA 60.52m 198-07 13 Max Lydum JR Central, Independence, OR 59.47m 195-01 14 Timothy Wilson Monmouth University 59.10m 193-11 15 Gabriel Arcaro SR Burlington, MA 58.95m 193-05 16 Mitchell Dixon Saddleback College 58.73m 192-08 17 Landon Carroll Univ of Louisiana Lafayette 56.08m 184-00 18 Michael Yow SO Fort Worth Lake County, TX 54.84m 179-11 19 Troy Andretta Monmouth University 53.39m 175-02 20 Dylan Dyke Ohio State University 52.77m 173-01 - Carlos Varela-Hernandez University of Iowa Foul - Dustin Samms SR Aptos, CA Foul - Clayton Jury Ashland University Foul - Matthew-Jonathan Seawright Cerritos College Foul