A statistical look at the 2018 indoor season

A few weeks ago we published Bob Gourley’s final national indoor performance lists of the 2018 season. Several of the marks on the list have historic impact too. Over the weekend we updated our records page to reflect marks from the recent indoor season, and several highlights stood out.

New sophomore class record

The biggest headline of the indoor season was a new national sophomore class record from sophomore Trey Knight (Ridgefield, WA). Not only did he break Walter Henning’s 13 year old class record, he completely obliterated it by adding more than eight feet to the standard with a throw of 83’06.75, and multiple competitions over 80 feet. Conor McCullough’s national record of 93’03.25″ was once thought unbreakable. But Knight’s progress makes a new record over the next two years a distinct possibility.

9 new state records

In addition to breaking the national sophomore class record, Knight’s throw also broke the Washington state record. That was one of nine state records broken during the 2018 indoor season. Overall five boys’ and four girls’ records fell in the following state: Florida, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Montana, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Washington. Despite Rhode Island’s small size, its new girls’ record from Gianna Rao (Ponaganset, North Scituate, RI) is perhaps the biggest breakthrough considering the state’s strong history in weight throwing.

Change on the all-time lists

Knight was also the biggest mover on the all-time lists. On the boys’ all-time list he moved up to fifth all-time. Garrett Doyle (Lincoln, RI) was the only other new entrant on the boys’ all-time list, coming in just outside the top 50. On the girls’ all-time list Rao moved up to sixth, and Shelby Moran (Sherwood, OR) also moved inside the top 10 to eighth position, along with two other new top 30 all-time performances on the girls’ list.