While the event was a little delayed this year, the California High School Hammer Championships finally took place over the weekend. As is traditional, the event was held at two venues and the final rankings were determined by combining the results. A total of 45 athletes competed in the championships, with the the top 12 boys and girls finishers listed below.
State leader Tyler Merkley (Los Osos, Rancho Cucamonga, CA) was the big winner in the boy’s competition. Merkley set a seven foot personal best of 232’2″. The throw moves him up to third in the nation this year and fourth all-time in California. It also gave him more than a thirty foot cushion over second place. Steven Tofanelli (Del Campo, Fair Oaks, CA) was the top thrower up north and was just off of his personal best, while Nathan Bultman (West Ranch, Valencia, CA) added more than 15 feet to his best for third.
In the girl’s competition favorite Emelda Malm-Annan (Monterey Trail, Elk Grove, CA) also took the win. Caitlin McClain (Kimball, Tracy, CA) added a dozen feet to her personal best for second and Elizabeth Jones (Corona del Mar, Newport Beach, CA) also tossed a small best to win a close competition for third and also produce the top mark out of the southern venue.
CALIFORNIA HIGH SCHOOL HAMMER THROW CHAMPIONSHIPS Northern Venue (N) Modesto Junior College, Modesto, CA Southern Venue (S) Cerritos College, Norwalk, CA Saturday July 18, 2015 BOYS 12# HAMMER THROW Pl Result Athlete Cl Team and School 1 232-03 Tyler Merkley SR (S) Los Osos, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 2 199-09 Steven Tofanelli SR (N) Del Campo, Fair Oaks, CA 3 195-06 Nathan Bultman SR (S) West Ranch, Valencia, CA 4 193-09 Silviu Bocancea SR (S) Corona Del Mar, Costa Mesa, CA 5 176-03 Cody Holt SR (N) Mariposa County, Mariposa, CA 6 172-02 Michael Root JR (N) Oak Ridge, El Dorado Hills, CA 7 164-04 Trevor Hamilton SR (N) Del Campo, Fair Oaks, CA 8 161-07 Jacob Cornellio JR (N) Elk Grove, CA 9 159-00 Tristan Bush SO (N) Saratoga, CA 10 158-11 Sebastian Schiff JR (S) LaSalle, Pasadena, CA 11 154-03 Trevor Reinwald Jr (N) Elk Grove, CA 12 152-03 Corbin Chronister SO (S) Bakersfield, CA GIRLS 4K HAMMER THROW Pl Result Athlete Cl Team and School 1 169-04 Emelda Malm-Annan SR (N) Monterey Trail, Elk Grove, CA 2 152-03 Caitlin McClain JR (N) Kimball (John C), Tracy, CA 3 132-06 Elizabeth Jones JR (S) Corona del Mar, Newport Beach, CA 4 132-04 Madison Holt SO (N) Elk Grove, CA 5 124-11 Hannah Chappell JR (N) Oakdale, CA 6 117-04 Jessianne Solis FR (S) Highland, Bakersfield, CA 7 112-07 Angela Chmelicek SR (N) Aptos, CA 8 110-11 Sophia Roberts SR (S) Ventura, CA 9 110-04 Cereh Moren SO (N) Pitman, Turlock, CA 10 103-00 Faith Bender 7th (S) Rio Bravo, Bakersfield 11 99-08 Amanda Truoung JR (S) Esperanza, Lorba Linda, CA 12 98-08 Xochitl Bryson SO (S) Oxford Academy, Anamheim, CA