Over 150 All-American honors have been handed out by Track and Field News to hammer throwers over the past 40 years. Boys were first named to the team in 1974, and since then 119 honors have been bestowed. The girls hammer being a newer event, with just 36 awards being given since 1997.
Recently Track and Field News compiled a list of all athletes named to the teams and make some notes about special achievements. Below is a summary of what they discovered in parsing through the history books.
- Four athletes were named to the team three-times: Mark McGehearty (1991-93), Walter Henning (2005-07), Conor McCullough (2007-09) and Rudy Winkler (2011-13)
- Three sets of siblings made the team: twins Sean and Mark McGehearty (1991-93), Adam (2001-02) and Zack Midles (2004-05), and Jake (1998-99), Mike (2001) and John (2005) Freeman.
- Rhode Island has claimed 54% of the honors (59 of 119) and 22 of 41 first place rankings. The most dominant schools also come from Rhode Island: Providence’s Classical High School (17 honors) and Warwick’s Bishop Hendricken (13 honors).
- While the women’s hammer is a newer event Rhode Island is just as dominant by claiming 52% of the honors (19 of 36 awards) and 53% of the first place awards (7 of 13).
- Longtime national record holder Maureen Griffin and current national record holder Shelby Ashe were the only athletes to rank first for two years. Kate Johnston was the sole individual to be ranked first three times.