After wining New Balance Nationals last weekend, Haley Showalter (Valor Christian, Highlands Ranch, CO) travelled to Eugene to face even tougher competition at the USATF Junior Championships. The USATF Junior Championships are open to all athletes born in 1996 or younger, thus allowing some college freshman to take part. Showalter won the meet last year but college freshman and former top high school hammer throwers Lena Giger and Nyla Woods posed strong threats this year. And the two top seeds were actually newcomers to the event: Molli Detloff and Alison Ondrusek.
The competition started out interesting. Three fouls took national leader Detloff out of the meet. Showalter also started slow and was in just sixth place entering the finals. However a fourth round throw propelled her into the lead and she held on for the win. Giger also entered the finals in fifth and improved on her last throw to second place, just two inches behind Showalter. Woods finished in third, followed by Kaitlyn Long and Ondrusek.
The action will continue on Saturday with the men’s junior competition led by high schoolers Adam Kelly (Barrington, RI) and Bobby Colantonio (Barrington, RI).
USATF Junior Championships June 26, 2015 Hayward Field, Eugene, Ore. Junior Women's Hammer Throw ============================================================= World Jr Record: 73.24m 2005 Wenxiu Zhang American Jr/Jr Meet Record: 68.12m 6/16/2012 Shelby Ashe Name Team Finals ============================================================= 1 Haley Showalter Unattached 56.61m 2 Lena Giger Stanford 56.55m 3 Nyla Woods St.John's 55.86m 4 Kaitlyn Long Winona St. 55.59m 5 Alison Ondrusek Texas A&M 54.67m 6 Kelli Thomas Connecticut 54.50m 7 Hannah Frost North Dakota St 54.28m 8 Janeah Stewart Iowa Central 52.40m 9 Lloydricia Cameron Florida 51.61m 10 Elisa Grandemange Unattached 51.15m 11 Leia Mistowski William & Mary 50.84m 12 Onyinyechukwu Chibuogwu Washington 49.79m 13 Josephine Natrasevschi Brown 49.67m 14 Makena Thomas Unattached 48.85m 15 Jacqueline Esmay Tulane 47.05m 16 Andin Fosam Pittsburgh 2.82m -- Molli Detloff North Dakota FOUL