USATF Junior Championships (CA) Results

The top junior throwers in the US gathered on Friday and Saturday for the USATF Junior Championships. The competition serves not only as the national junior championship, but also as the qualification meet for the IAAF World Junior Championships which will take place from July 19th to 24th in Bydgoszcz, Poland. The competition was open to all athletes born in 1997 or later, allowing many college freshman to also enter, but it was high schoolers who dominated this year by winning both titles. In addition, athletes throw the international implement, meaning high school boys have to throw the slightly heavier 6-kilogram (13.2-pound) hammer.

usatf_jr_2016The competition started with the boy’s hammer, where Bobby Colantonio put on an impressive performance. He hit a personal best already in the first round to secure the competition over his former teammate and current Princeton University freshman Adam Kelly. Colantonio’s mark of 74.12 meters is the ninth best mark in the world this year, and also the fourth best American mark of all-time. Kelly also produced the sixth best US mark ever in his runner-up performance. By placing in the top two and meeting the IAAF qualification standard, both Colantonio and Kelly qualified for the World Junior Championships team.

High school leader Joy McArthur (Mater Dei, Santa Ana, CA) had a rocky start to the competition with two fouls, but then hit a personal best in round three and improved from there. Her best mark of 62.07 meters not only won and qualified her for the World Junior Championships, it also shattered her own California state record and moved up to second on the all-time national high school list. Not bad for her first year throwing the hammer. Olatoye Sade of Ohio State University placed second to join McArthur on Team USA, while last year’s high school national leader Haley Showalter, now at the University of Wisconsin, placed third. Several other high schoolers also had strong performances in the meet. One week after a big personal best Alyssa Wilson (Donovan Catholic, Toms River, NJ) added another 15 feet to her best to place fourth and move into the nation’s all-time top 15. And Courtney Jacobsen (Toll Gate, Warwick, RI) was just inches off of her best to place seventh.

             2016 USA Junior Championships - 6/24-25/2016
                        Veteran's Memorial Stadium
                            Clovis, CA                       

Men Hammer Throw
    World Jr: W 85.57m  2012        Ashraf Elseify, QAT                  
 American Jr: A 80.79m  7/25/2010   Conor McCullough                     
     WJC Std: & 68.00m                                                   
    Name                    Year Team                    Finals          
  1 Robert Colantonio Jr         Unattached              74.12m&    243-02
  2 Adam Kelly                   Princeton               72.99m&    239-06
  3 Michael Alvernaz             Troy                    64.46m     211-06
  4 Nathan Bultman               Southern California     61.71m     202-05
  5 Nickolas Lane                Unattached              61.36m     201-04
  6 Nicholas Matthews            SIU Edwardsville        60.23m     197-07
  7 Kirk Unland                  Unattached              60.17m     197-05
  8 Logan Targgart               Central Mich.           59.47m     195-01
  9 Marshall Godsil              California              59.06m     193-09
 10 Connor Rousemiller           Minnesota               54.35m     178-04
 11 Hap Frketich                 SuperThrower            51.32m     168-04
 -- Tyler Merkley                Kansas St.                FOUL          

Women Hammer Throw
    World Jr: W 73.24m  2005        Wenxiu Zhang, CHN
American Jr: A 68.12m  6/16/2012   Shelby Ashe
     WJC Std: & 57.50m
    Name                    Year Team                    Finals
  1 Joy Mcarthur                 Unattached              62.07m&    203-08
  2 Olatoye Sade                 Ohio St.                60.58m&    198-09
  3 Haley Showalter              Wisconsin               59.17m&    194-01
  4 Alyssa Wilson                Worlds Longe            58.28m&    191-02
  5 Michaela Preachuk            South Ala.              58.08m&    190-07
  6 Mikaila Martin               Houston                 57.78m&    189-07
  7 Alva Hicks                   Wake Forest             57.38m     188-03
  8 Courtney Jacobsen            Unattached              56.50m     185-04
  9 Carly Timpson                Quinnipiac              51.45m     168-09
10 Madeline Rabing              Pacer Project           51.38m     168-07
11 Maddie Nilles                North Dakota St.        50.87m     166-11

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