Joseph Benedetto (John S. Burke Catholic, Goshen, NY) and Jacob Furland (Classical, Providence, RI) improved for the second straight week to become the biggest movers on this week’s national performance lists. Benedetto added 13 feet to his best to close in on the national lead with a new best of 223’2″. Also on the boy’s list, three new throwers broke 200 feet, bringing the total to 11 athletes over the barrier so far this season. The girl’s list was relatively quiet this week, with only one improvement in the nation’s top 20.
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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A new best at last weekend’s Irv Black Invitational by Jacob Furland (Classical, Providence, RI) help move him closer to the national lead, however the competition behind him was closing the gap too. In total, there were four improvements in the nation’s top ten. Furland held third position, while Joseph Benedetto (John S. Burke Catholic, Goshen, NY) jumped from eight to fourth. Sophomore Kyle Moison (Lincoln, RI) improved for the second straight week and Joseph Ryan (Massapequa, NY) closed in on 200 feet.
Washington throwers led the way on the boy’s list. Trey Knight (Ridgefield, WA) increased his national lead in Oregon on Saturday by adding ten feet to his best. Up north at the latest Centralia Meet, Ian Frost (Mary M. Knight, Elma, WA) hit a new bast to move up to second position in the nation. Kyle Moison (Lincoln, RI) also became the eight thrower of the season to break 200 feet at the Brian Moretti Invitational.
This week’s girl’s national list had five improvements in the top ten. Leading the way was Shannah Mallett (Creekview, Canton, GA), who added ten feet to her best to move up to fifth in the nation. On the boy’s side sophomore Ruben Banks (IMG Academy, Brandenton, FL) hit a massive 25 foot improvement, taking him just inches shy of 200 feet and up to 8th in the nation.
Sophomore Trey Knight (Ridgefield, WA) made his season debut and claimed the early national lead already over the weekend. After setting the sophomore class record indoors and winning New Balance Nationals, Knight looks to continue his winning streak during the outdoor season. His throw is also just under his personal best from last July, which set the national freshman class record with the hammer. Joseph Benedetto (John S. Burke Catholic, Goshen, NY) also added four feet to his best to move up to sixth on the list. On the girl’s list Annika Kelly (Barrington, RI) was the top moved after making her season debut in eight position.
With the first meets of the season taking place in Rhode Island last week, the national performance list was shaken up a lot in this week. Garrett Doyle (Lincoln, RI) and Jacob Furland (Classical, Providence, RI) debuted at second and third on the boy’s with strong marks at the Knights of Columbus Relays on Saturday. There were among the six improvements in the boy’s top ten this week. Gianna Rao (Ponaganset, North Scituate, RI) also broke into the girl’s top five with her debut at the meet.
As the outdoor season progresses, more athletes are making their debut with the hammer. On this week’s national performance list Kayla-Rae Gordon (Pembroke Pines Charter, FL) was the top mover. Her new best moved her the top 10 in the nation.
With the outdoor season still young, more throwers are slowly starting their season. This week’s national performance list featured several improvements. The biggest mover on this week’s list was Mayyi Mahama (Pullman, WA). In her first hammer meet ever she debut in sixth position with a best of 163’6″.
With the high school indoor season wrapping up, we’ve put together our final indoor national performance of the year. Leading the final list are Trey Knight (Ridgefield, WA) and Gianna Rao (Ponaganset, North Scituate, RI). Rao’s best moved her to sixth on the all-time list, while Knight move up to fifth all-time and added more than eight feet to the national sophomore class record. Despite the impressive marks from the leaders, the depth this indoor season was down slightly. Just seven boys broke 70 feet, compared with 10 last season, and six girls were over 55 feet, compared with 13 last year.
There were many more changes on the national list after last weekend’s New Balance Nationals Indoors. Once again, three of the top five boys posted improvements, led by a big bests from Garrett Doyle (Lincoln, RI) and Patrick Larrison (Moore, Oklahoma City, OK) to place second and third at New Balance Nationals. Andrew Palermo (Spencerport, NY) also broke 70 feet at the meet, which makes him the seventh thrower of the season over the barrier.