Two weeks ago we highlighted the continued trend of growth in the American youth hammer throwing. As a consequence of this, there were many updates to the record books and all-time lists in 2015.
There were six new state records set in 2015. Arizona and Texas set new boys records as Jacob Beene (Gilbert, AZ) broke his own mark and Michael Yow (Fort Worth Lake County, TX) led a strong contingent from Texas that saw two throwers over the old barrier. Girls state records went down in Colorado, Maryland, New Jersey, and Tennessee as top throwers continue to emerge in diverse locations.
Three athletes moved up the all-time lists with top-10 performances in 2015. On the girl’s side Haley Showalter (Valor Christian, Highlands Ranch, CO) improved to seventh on the all-time girl’s national list. Adam Kelly (Barrington, RI) and Bobby Colantonio (Barrington, RI) became the only active teammates to sit in the top 10 together (they also join their former teammate Charlie Ionata who set a top 10 mark in 2013). After trading wins all season Kelly moved up to sixth on the all-time boy’s national list and Colantonio finished the year in eighth. Colantonio also moved up to fifth all-time with the collegiate 16-pound hammer with a late season improvement. Beyond the top 10 there were also three more boys that moved into the top 25 all-time and one new girl, along with others maintaining their rank in the top 25 from last season.