Despite a heat wave, the top junior throwers in the US gathered in Sacramento this weekend for the USATF Junior Championships. The junior championships is a unique competition as it is open to all athletes born in 1998 or later, allowing many college freshman to also enter. Junior men also throw the 6-kilogram international implement, which is more than a pound heavier than the standard high school hammer. Despite the added competition, it was a high school thrower that won the women’s competition. Alyssa Wilson (Donovan Catholic, Toms River, NJ) set a season’s best to by the narrowest of margins: one centimeter. Molly Leppelmeier (McComb, OH) added seven feet to her personal best to finish third overall, and the second best high school thrower. Shelby Moran (Sherwood, OR) also improved her best and came within inches of the Oregon state record in fourth place.
In the junior men’s competition Joshua Hernandez of Sam Houston State University showed the massive strides he has made during his first year in college. Last season he set the Texas state high school record with a throw of 222’09”. This weekend he threw nearly 250 feet with the heavier junior implement. His best throw of the competition moved him up to third all-time in the US among junior throwers trailing only former world junior champions Conor McCullough and Walter Henning and 1 centimeter ahead of high school record holder Rudy Winkler. Jacob Wickey (Medina, OH) was the top high school thrower. He finished third with a throw only eight inches from his personal best with the lighter high school hammer. His mark is also a new national leading mark for high school thowers with the international implement.
2017 USA Junior Championships - 6/22-24/2017 Sacramento, CA Men Hammer Throw ============================================================== World Jr: W 85.57m 2012 Ashraf Elseify, QAT American Jr: A 80.79m 7/25/2010 Conor McCullough Name Team Finals ============================================================== 1 Joshua Hernandez Sam Houston State 75.91m 249-00 2 Cameron Thompson Connecticut 64.81m 212-07 3 Jacob Wickey Unattached 64.72m 212-04 4 Logan Kusky Notre Dame 64.24m 210-09 5 Nickolas Lane Unattached 63.06m 206-11 6 Steven Feldman Unattached 62.32m 204-05 7 Michael Feldman Unattached 62.00m 203-05 8 Kieran McKeag Minnesota 60.71m 199-02 9 Dilyn Cote Unattached 58.64m 192-05 10 Trenton Fanta Purdue 58.03m 190-04 11 Ian Frost Unattached 57.25m 187-10 12 Jason Judge Throw1Deep 52.74m 173-00 13 Jared Briere Unattached 52.06m 170-09 - Alexy Talley North Dakota State Foul - Evan Hardin Throw1Deep DNS Women Hammer Throw ============================================================== World Jr: W 73.24m 2005 Wenxiu Zhang, CHN American Jr: A 68.12m 6/16/2012 Shelby Ashe Name Team Finals ============================================================== 1 Alyssa Wilson Worlds Longest TC-NJ 56.68m 185-11 2 Courtney Jacobsen Unattached 56.67m 185-11 3 Molly Leppelmeier Unattached 56.38m 185-00 4 Shelby Moran SuperThrower TC 55.45m 181-11 5 Marissa Dunn Central Michigan 53.34m 175-00 6 Kathleen Young Unattached 51.89m 170-03 7 Madeline Rabing Oregon 51.20m 168-00 8 Haleigh Sudbeck Hawaii 49.18m 161-04 9 Nicole Freeman Southern Illinois 48.10m 157-10 10 Maia Garren Utah State 47.56m 156-00 - Meagan Malloy Michigan DNS