Just days after winning the USATF Junior National Championship, Bobby Colantonio (Barrington, RI) headed east for a chance to make Team USA for this month’s World Youth Championships. While the travel seemed to bring down his distance a little, he had no trouble getting the win again with the lighter 5-kilogram hammer. His winning throw of 71.39 meters out distanced runner up Joshua Hernandez (El Paso Del Valle, El Paso, TX). Kamryn Brinson (Marist, Atlanta, GA) won the girl’s competition.
The World Youth Championships begin in two weeks time in Cali, Colombia. They showcase the top athletes under 18 (born in 1998 or younger). Despite the win, selection is not guaranteed. The USATF selection committee will, at its sole discretion, select 41 athletes from all events to send to Colombia. Colantonio’s 5-kilogram personal best of 78.18 meters currently ranks him fourth in the world and should secure him a spot. But no other athletes have surpassed the international standards of 67 meters (boys) or 60 meters (girls) this season.
USA World Youth Track and Field Trials Benedictine University - Lisle, IL Hammer Throw Youth Men ========================================================================== Name Year Team Finals ========================================================================== 1 Colantonio, Robert 98 Team Usa 71.39m 234-03 2 Hernandez, Joshua 98 Team Usa 65.46m 214-09 3 Feldman, Michael 99 Team Usa 58.97m 193-06 4 Judge, Jason 99 Team Usa 50.95m 167-02 Hammer Throw Youth Women ========================================================================== Name Year Team Finals ========================================================================== Finals 1 Brinson, Kamryn 98 Team Usa 53.89m 176-10 2 Wilson, Alyssa 99 Team Usa 51.43m 168-09 3 Pauley, Carrol 98 Team Usa 49.28m 161-08 4 Molina, Jessica 98 Team Usa 48.73m 159-10 5 Walker, Sydnee 99 Team Usa 48.72m 159-10 6 Lee, Madelyn 98 Team Usa 45.61m 149-08