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.
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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Some improvements at the New England Hammer Championships highlighted this week’s national performance lists. Kyle Moison (Lincoln, RI) move up to second in the nation and Logan Coles (Woonsocket, RI) moved into fourth. On the girl’s side Voski Armenakyan (Toll Gate, Warwick, RI) jumped up to eight.
With a personal best to take bronze at the Rhode Island State Championships Ryan Morel (Bishop Hendricken, Warwick, RI) moved up to eight in the nation. Jacob Lemmon (Fort Myers, FL), one of the nation’s top discus throwers, added more than 25 feet to his personal best in his first competition of the year at the Iron Wood Classic to debut in the top 15. In the girl’s rankings Ava David (Lake Oswego, OR) solidified her seventh position with a big best at the Oregon State High School Hammer Championships.
Samantha Kunza (Timberland, Wentzville, MO) and Annika Kelly (Barrington, RI) traded the national back and forth over the weekend and in the process extended it by 10 feet. Kunza entered the weekend ranked first in the nation until Kelly set a new best and state record at the Mt. Pleasant Invitational on Saturday. On Sunday Kunza responded with an ever bigger improvement in Oklahoma to reclaim the lead and become the eighth high school athlete ever to break 60 meters. The boy’s list also had lots of changes over the past week with three improvements among the top six throwers. Kyle Brown (West Forsyth, Cumming, GA) was the biggest mover as he climbed up several positions to third with a new best.
The girl’s national performance list saw some radical change this week with three improvements amongst the nation’s top six throwers. Third-ranked Annika Kelly (Barrington, RI) improved her best, and there were even bigger changes behind her. Emma Robbins (Esperanza, Anaheim, CA) made her season debut with the fourth best mark in the country, and Erynn Field (North Kingstown, RI) jumped way up the list with an improvement at the Rhode Island Class Championships.
After several weeks of big improvements on the national performance list, things settled down this week. The biggest mover was on the boy’s list, where a big personal best helped Erik Fertig (Eastwood, Pemberville, OH) break 200 feet for the first time this season and jump up to sixth in the nation.
The 200 foot club grew this week. Three new throwers broke the barrier for the first time, and three more throwers over the mark improved their best on the national boys performance list. Jacob Furland (Classical, Providence, RI) led the way again, setting a new best for the second straight week to improve his second-ranked mark. He continues to lead a close pack of three Rhode Island throwers behind the national leader. Cheyenne Figueroa (Classical, Providence, RI) posted the top improvement on the girl’s list, moving up to sixth in the nation at the Brian Moretti Invitational.
While the national leaders remained unchanged this week, there were sweeping changes behind them on the nation performance lists. The boy’s list featured six improvements amongst the nation’s top ten, and the girls list had four among the top six. Leading the way were throwers from the northeast. Monique Hardy (Webster Thomas, Webster, NY) made […]
As the season continues, marks continue to improve. For the third straight week Samantha Kunza (Timberland, Wentzville, MO) extended her national lead. Kunza was one of two top five improvements on the girl’s national list. The boy’s list also saw two top five improvements, led by Kyle Moison, who became the fourth thrower to break 210 feet so far this season.
After breaking the Washington state record last week, Trey Knight (Ridgefield, WA) continued his hot streak this week. While he was a few feet off his best with the 12-pound hammer, he hit a new personal best of 213’9″ with the collegiate 16-pound hammer to break Walter Henning’s 13 year old junior class record with that implement. It also makes him the third best thrower all-time in high school with the heavier hammer. On the girl’s national list, national leader Samantha Kunza (Timberland, Wentzville, MO) improved her best and extended the national lead in this week’s action.