There were big changes to the national lists this week as the first meets of the year kicked off last weekend. Down in Alabama, Ruben Banks (IMG Academy, Bradenton, FL) added almost five feet to his best to take over the boy’s national lead. Former leader Kyle Moison (Lincoln, RI) also improved to keep the race close. Monique Hardy (Webster Thomas, Webster, NY) took over the girl’s national lead at the Rock N’ Roll Throw-off, leading three improvements among the nation’s top six.
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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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Jayden White (Everett, WA) was the big mover on the boy’s rankings. He jumped up to fourth in the nation by adding seven feet to his personal best over the weekend. He leads three improvements in the top 10 this week. On the girl’s list, Natalia Surdej (Lancaster, NY) strengthened her position in second with a small improvement. Ava David (Lake Oswego, OR) also moved up one position to third after a new personal best.
The girls led the way on this week’s national performance lists. Cheyenne Figueroa (Classical, Providence, RI) added more than two feet to her national lead at the Rhode Island Classic over the weekend. She was one of six improvements in the nation’s top 10 to close out the year.
There were big changes to the national list this week as the early season begins to evolve. Henry Zimmerman (New Albany, OH) took over the boy’s national lead, as six improvements featured amongst the nation’s top seven throwers. On the girl’s side Cheyenne Figueroa (Classical, Providence, RI) also took over the national lead in her season debut.
With December comes the start of the indoor season. Several meets have already started across the country, with more top athletes expected to make their season debut in the coming weeks. We’re already publishing our first national performance lists of the year, with last year’s New Balance Nationals Indoor champion Monique Hardy (Webster Thomas, Webster, NY) and runner up Tyler Arbaugh (Van Buren, OH) leading the way so far. Both were off of their personal bests set last season, but still good enough to lead early competition as the new season starts.
Below are this year’s final national performance lists, including some final corrections and additions.
With the month of August coming to a close, the 2019 outdoor season also reaches its official conclusion. This week’s national performance list includes some last minute improvements.
Nick Pisciotta (Commack, NY) became the 22nd thrower of the year to break 200 feet this week. The junior added more than 10 feet to his best at the Sumemr Hammer Throw Series in Rhode Island. He was the top mover in this week’s national performance lists.
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.
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.