Adam Kelly (Barrington, RI) and Bobby Colantonio (Barrington, RI) have been battling it out all season long. On Saturday they face tougher competition at the USATF Junior National Championships including Colin Minor and Brock Eager, both top five high school throwers from last season who have moved on to college.
Colantonio removed a bit of the drama from the competition by launching a first round personal best of 70.85 meters. That mark ranks him as the sixth on the all-time US junior list and was good enough to hold on for the win. Colantonio still has two more years as a junior and is actually eligible to compete at this year’s World Youth (under 18) Championship in Colombia. He will be looking to qualify for that at next week’s USATF Youth Championship.
Kelly produced three of the four furthest throws in the competition, but had to settle for silver to go along with his New Balance Nationals victory last week. Eager placed third and fourth went to Logan Bryer, who ranked just 17th best high schooler in the country last year but made great strides his first year at the University of Kentucky.
High school throwers accounted for five of the top ten finishers. Tyler Merkley (Los Osos, Rancho Cucamonga, CA) finished in sixth just ahead of Jacob Beene (Gilbert, AZ). Rounding out the top 10 was local thrower Max Lydum (Central, Independence, OR).
USATF Junior Championships June 27, 2015 Hayward Field, Eugene, Ore. Junior Men's Hammer Throw ============================================================= American Jr Record: 80.79m 7/25/2010 Conor McCullough Jr Meet Record: 78.28m 2010 68.12m Conor McCullough Name Team Finals ============================================================= 1 Robert Colantonio Unattached 70.85m 2 Adam Kelly Unattached 69.67m 3 Brock Eager Washington State 67.37m 4 Logan Bryer Kentucky 66.98m 5 Colin Minor Dartmouth 65.76m 6 Tyler Merkley Unattached 64.58m 7 Jacob Beene Unattached 63.71m 8 Alan McFarland Florida 62.53m 9 Gabriel Arcaro Princeton 61.07m 10 Maxfield Lydum Unattached 59.58m 11 Erick Loomis Unattached 57.75m 12 Michael Yow Unattached 53.59m