A pair of spectacular season debuts at New Balance Nationals highlight this week’s rankings. Jordan Geist (Knoch, Saxonburg, PA) jumped into the national lead in his first hammer meet ever. On the girl’s side Alyssa Wilson (Donovan Catholic, Toms River, NJ) made her season debut in fifth position nationally.
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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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Competing as a guest at the New England High School Hammer Championship, Jill Shippee (Shenendehowa, Clifton Park, NY) closed in on the national lead and became the fifth thrower ever to break 200 feet in high school. Makenli Forrest (Woodward Academy, College Park, GA) also jumped up the rankings with an improvement of nearly 20 feet over her old season’s best. Her new best of 188’0″ now ranks third in the country. On the boy’s side, Silas Hurst (Santiago Corona, Corona, CA) was one of two new boys to break 200 feet, bringing the season total to 19 athletes over the barrier.
Massive changes took place this week on the girl’s national list. Joy McArthur (Dana Hills, Dana Point, CA) broke 200 feet for the first time this season to extend her national lead. At the Ironwood Throws Classic in Idaho Shelby Moran (Sherwood, OR) closed in on the Oregon state record and moved up to fourth in the country. Sophomore Danielle Gregory (Liberty, Wentzville, MO) also moved up to seventh with her win at the Great Southwest Classic. On the boy’s list Jacob Slate (Chandler, AZ) moved up to second with a big improvement at the Great Southwest Classic, while Jason Wright (St. Anthony’s, South Huntington, NY) moved up to sixth position.
Michael Feldman (Tottenville, Staten Island, NY) extended the national lead in this week’s rankings with a throw of 238’1″ to win the first New York Hammer Series meet. In addition, his brother Steven Feldman (Tottenville, Staten Island, NY) improved and moved up to second place on the national list. On the girl’s list Molly Botts (Cranston East, RI) won the Mt. Pleasant Invitational with a new best to move up to fifth position nationally.
After lots of improvements on the girls list at the start of the month, the top mover this week was Jacob Furland (Classical, Providence, RI) who moved up to fifth on the boy’s list. The sophomore produced the top mark at the Rhode Island Boys Division Championships last week and also came within four inches of the state lead in the process.
Once again this week, the girl’s led the way on the national performance list with three improvements in the top six. Gianna Rao (Ponaganset, North Scituate, RI) improved for the second straight week and Molly Leppelmeier (McComb, OH) made her season debut in second position. On the boy’s side Jacob Wickey (Medina, OH) moved into the top five and become the 11th thrower to break 200 feet so far this season. There were also drastic changes with the various lists for international implements after the International Implement Invitational over the weekend in Rhode Island.
The girl’s led the way with improvements on the this week’s national performance list. Gianna Rao (Ponaganset, North Scituate, RI) improved her third best mark in the nation. Sydnee Walker (King’s Ridge Christian, Alpharetta, GA) also jumped up to fourth after improving her season’s best by 13 feet.
This week’s national performance lists include big updates on the boy’s side, with six improvements in the top seven throwers. Michael Feldman (Tottenville, Staten Island, NY) improved his own national lead by more than three feet. Nick Lane (Bowling Green, OH) also made his season debut at the Larry Kohring Eastwood Relays and already sits in second.
Two top five improvements on the boy’s list and two top six improvements on the girl’s list. Gianna Rao (Ponaganset, North Scituate, RI) added five feet to her best to close the gap on the girl’s national leader, while Samantha Andrews (Lincoln, RI) improved by ten feet to move up to sixth. Jared Briere (Woonsocket, RI) strengthened his second position on the boy’s list, while Thomas Reiser (Minisink Valley, Slate Hill, NY) became the fifth boy to break 200 feet this year.
While the Rhode Island season finally underway, there are many additions to the this week’s national performance lists. Jared Briere (Woonsocket, RI) started off the season with a win at the Knights of Columbus Relays and the second best mark in the nation. Gianna Rao (Ponaganset, North Scituate, RI) also debuted in second after a win there and a toss of 172 feet earlier in the week.
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