In the first outdoor performance list of the year, several throwers have hit some big marks. Last year’s girls leader Joy McArthur (Dana Hills, Dana Point, CA) has started off 2017 at over 199 feet, just four feet from her personal best. Shelby Moran (Sherwood, OR) ranks second after improving nearly 10 feet since last year. Tristan Bush (Saratoga, CA) is the early leader on the boy’s list after breaking 200 feet for the first time last weekend. That throws was a seven foot improvement on his best mark from 2016. Freshman Trey Knight (Ridgefield, WA) is among many close behind. He currently sits in third after improving more than ten feet on his best from last year.
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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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With lots of improvements at last weekend’s New Balance Indoor Nationals, this week’s national list also saw a shake up with new nationals leaders four of the top 10 boys and girls improving (for complete results click here). Jake Wickey (Medina, OH) and Jordan Geist (Knoch, Saxonburg, PA) improved their marks in first and second, but Jared Briere (Woonsocket, RI) and Thomas Reiser (Minisink Valley, Slate Hill, NY) also hit big personal bests to move up to sixth and seventh position respectively.
Just a few more days until the high point of the season: New Balance Indoor Nationals (entry lists here). In the last national rankings before the meet there were several changes in the top 10. On the boy’s side Jake Wickey (Medina, OH) improved his national lead at the Ohio State Championships and Sam Meece (Napoleon, OH) moved into the nation’s top 5. Phillip Rosendorf (Susan E. Wagner, Staten Island, NY) also moved up to 8th and took the New York state lead after winning at the New York State Championships. Carrol Pauley (Riverdale, Mount Blanchard, OH) was the top mover on the girl’s list, moving up four spots to 5th position.
Big movement at the top of the girl’s national performance list this week. Gianna Rao (Ponaganset, North Scituate, RI) extended her national lead at Weightarama 2017. Despite that, the competition still closed in on her this week. Jill Shippee (Shenendehowa, Clifton Park, NY) added three feet to her season’s best and also broke her personal best by throwing over 60 feet for the first time since last season.
The top improvements on this week’s national performance list both came out of Ohio. Nick Lane (Bowling Green, OH) added five inches to his best to maintain his fourth position and close the gap on the national leaders. On the girl’s list Carrol Pauley (Riverdale, Mount Blanchard, OH) added a foot to her best in ninth position. Kathleen Young (Warrensburg-Latham, Warrensburg, IL) also moved into the top ten with an improvement of more than a foot.
Poor weather in the northeast led to many cancelled meets over the past week, but that didn’t stop a lot of changes from coming to this week’s national performance lists. The biggest performer was Jake Wickey (Medina, OH). In a showdown of the nation’s top four boys at the Spire Scholastic Showcase, Wickey launched a personal best to steal the win in the final round and also extend his national lead by more than a foot to 78 feet. He now has a more comfortable cushion atop the list, but it is still a very wide open race to 80 feet this season. Jacob Slate (Chandler, AZ) also made his season debut out west to rank sixth nationally and become the eight thrower over 70 feet this season.
After headlines from the northeast in last week’s rankings, throwers from the northwest were the biggest movers in this week’s update. Shelby Moran (Sherwood, OR) jumped up to third in the nation after adding more than four fee to her best at the UW High School Invitational in Seattle. On the boy’s side Trey Knight (Ridgefield, WA) set a new national freshman class record and moved up to sixth in the country at the meet. Improvements were not limited to the west coast though. Matt Slagus (North Pocono, Moscow, PA) also jumped into the top 10 with an improvement at the Armory Invitational.
The strength of the northeast showed last weekend as two major improvements among the nation’s top three girls changed this week’s national list. Gianna Rao (Ponaganset, North Scituate, RI) broke 60 feet for the first time in her career and took over the national lead with a win at the Rhode Island Girls Division Championships Results on Saturday. In addition, Jill Shippee (Shenendehowa, Clifton Park, NY) continued her climb up the rankings with a two foot season’s best at the Ocean Breeze Invitational in New York. The top improvement on this week’s boy’s list was Jared Briere (Woonwocket, RI) who threw nearly 72 feet at the Rhode Island Boys Division Championships Results, helping him move up to fifth in the nation.
Ohio has strengthened its dominance of this year’s boys national rankings. With improvements by Brent Fairbanks (Austintown Fitch, Youngstown, OH) at the Aktron Jerome Fields Meet and Nick Lane (Bowling Green, OH) at the OATCCC Northwest Districts the state now hold three of the top four positions in this week’s rankings. On the girl’s rankings Gianna Rao (Ponaganset, North Scituate, RI) closed down the gap on the national lead and Jill Shippee (Shenendehowa, Clifton Park, NY) moved up to fifth in the country with improvements at the Yale Interscholastic Track Classic on Friday.
The total of throwers over 70 feet this year increased to four over the weekend as Tom Reiser (Minisink Valley, Slate Hill, NY) broke the barrier for the first time to win the Millrose Games Trials in New York. He wasn’t even the top performer of the week though. Brent Fairbanks (Austintown Fitch, Youngstown, OH) closed down the gap on the national leaders as he added more than a foot to his season’s best and inched towards his personal best from last year.
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