The end of the season is near, but many athletes are still improving. On this week’s national performance lists Joe Lanham (Coventry, CT) added more than 10 feet to his best to break the Connecticut state record and move into the nation’s top 10.
About Bob Gourley
Bob Gourley has served as the throwing coach at Barrington High School in Rhode Island for the past three decades. He is also one of the top hammer throw statisticians in America and has published weekly national performance lists for more than 25 years.
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This week’s national performance lists featured some major improvements with non-standard implements. Kira Lindner (Horace Greeley, Chappaqua, NY) jumped up to second in the nation with the 3-kilogram hammer after a 10 foot improvement. The lighter implement is the international standard for under-18 athletes. Christopher Wren (Bella Vista, Fair Oaks, CA) went the other direction and picked up something heavier by throwing the collegiate 16-pound in his first competition of the year, debuting at seventh on the national list.
It was a quiet week to start off the final month of the season. William Cauley (Barrington, RI) was one of the top movers as he closed in on 200 feet with a new personal best.
A big win and big improvement at the National Junior Olympics Championships helped launch Markayha Billings (Elk Grove, CA) up the national performance lists into sixth position this week. Twelfth ranked Christopher Wren (Bella Vista, Fair Oaks, CA) was the top improvement on the boy’s list.
National leader Trey Knight (Ridgefield, WA) highlighted this week’s national performance list by extending his national lead and state record by more than two feet last week. The junior is also now just three and a half feet off the national junior class record.
After a big improvement at last month’s California State Championships, Christian Johnson (Buchanan, Clovis, CA) added another seven feet to his personal best this week to move into the nation’s top five. Close behind him was Jake Dalton (Andover, MA), who added another three feet to his state record and improved to seventh in the nation. Bailey Tilley (Jenks, OK) led the mover’s on this week’s girl’s list. She added seven feet to her state record to break into the nation’s top 10.
It was a relatively quiet week across the nation in the hammer throw, but it was not without some highlights on this week’s national lists. Henry Zimmerman (New Albany, OH) added 17 feet to his best, broke 200 feet for the first time, and moved up to 14th in the nation on the boy’s list. On the girl’s list Markayha Billings (Elk Grove, CA) also improved to climb a few spots into 14th position.
This week’s national performance lists feature two improvements among the nation’s top five girls. Emma Robbins (Esperanza, Anaheim, CA) added five feet to her season’s best and equaled her personal best from last season to close in on the national lead in fourth position. Ava David (Lake Oswego, OR) became the fifth girl in the nation to break 180 feet this year with her improvement on Friday.
Logan Coles (Woonsocket, RI) led the improvements on this week’s national performance list. The sophomore broke 230 feet for the first time and the New England Junior Olympic Championship on Saturday. Jake Dalton (Andover, MA) also broke his own Massachusetts state record in the competition to move up to sixth in the nation. Out west Tyler Gilliland (Tumwater, WA) became the 20th thrower to break 200 feet this season.
The nation’s top throwers were in action at New Balance Nationals Outdoor last weekend, but while the competition produced drama, it produced few improvements in this week’s national performance list. The biggest mover came from the California State Championships, where Christian Johnson jumped up to sixth in the nation with a 13 foot personal best, becoming the sixth thrower to break 220 feet this season. Christopher Wren (Bella Vista, Fair Oaks, CA) also improved to became the 19th thrower to break the 200 foot barrier this week.