2018 youth hammer throw state rankings

As we finish up our look back at the 2018 season it is time to look at how the event is spread across the country. As we do every year, we like like to take a look at the sport through a geographic lens to show which states are on the rise and where the sport is spreading.

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The number of states that had athletes qualify for the national list up this year with 33 states producing athletes on the national list, surpassing the previous all-time high of 31 states from 2015.

The top three states remained the same with Rhode Island, New York, and Georgia leading the way. California continued to show growth and moved up three spots to fourth overall with 24 athletes qualifying for the national rankings. Ohio dropped down one spot, and Washington held steady as the sixth state with more than 20 ranked athletes.

Complete 2018 State Rankings

Rank (Trend) State Boys Girls Total Ranked Throwers
1 (—) Rhode Island 36 35 71
2 (—) New York 16 20 36
3 (—) Georgia 14 14 28
4 (↑ 3) California 14 10 24
5 (↓ 1) Ohio 15 7 22
6 (—) Washington 9 12 21
7 (↑  2) Connecticut 5 6 11
8 (—) Missouri 1 9 10
8 (↓  1) Oregon 0 10 10
10 (↑  2) Florida 2 6 8
11 (↑  1) Illinois 2 4 6
12 (↑  10) Colorado 1 4 5
12 (↓  2) New Jersey 3 2 5
12 (↓  1) Pennsylvania 3 2 5
15 (↑ 2) Indiana 1 3 4
15 (↑ 2) Kansas 3 1 4
15 (↑  2) North Carolina 0 4 4
18 (↓ 6) Arizona 1 2 3
19 (↑  NR) Idaho 1 1 2
19 (↓ 4) Massachusetts 2 0 2
19 (↑  3) Michigan 2 0 2
19 (↓ 2) New Hampshire 1 1 2
19 (↓ 7) Oklahoma 1 1 2
19 (↑ 3) South Carolina 2 0 2
25 (↓ 3) Alabama 1 0 1
25 (↑ NR) Iowa 0 1 1
25 (↓ 10) Maryland 0 1 1
25 (↑ NR) Maine 1 0 1
25 (↓ 3) Minnesota 1 0 1
25 (↑ NR) Montana 1 0 1
25 (↓ 3) Nebraska 0 1 1
25 (↓ 3) Texas 0 1 1
25 (↑ NR) Wisconsin 0 1 1