As we enter the final weeks of the indoor season there were big changes on this week’s national performance list. Trey Knight (Ridgefield, WA) extended his national lead by a massive six feet and challenged the national junior class record with his win at the Simplot Games. Over at the Rhode Island State Championships Kyle Moison continued his hot streak with a three foot best to jump up to second place nationally. Tyler Arbaugh (Van Buren, OH) also added more than four feet to his best to climb to third nationally. On the girl’s list, the top mover was Samantha Kunza, who moved up to fifth with an improvement of more than three feet.
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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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Cheyenne Figueroa (Classical, Providence, RI) broke 60 feet for the first time and inched back towards reclaiming the national lead on this week’s national performance lists. Her new best makes her the second thrower this year to break 60 feet and just the 22nd thrower ever to do that. The boy’s list also had many improvements, including three improvements amongst the nation’s top six throwers.
The order didn’t change at the top on this week’s national performance list, but the level keeps getting higher. Three of the nation’s top four throwers improved their mark over the last week, led by Trey Knight (Ridgefield, WA) extending his national lead at the Nike Boise Indoor. Behind the top four there were also some changes to the rankings in the boy’s rankings, including six improvements in total among the top ten. Annika Kelly (Barrington, RI) was the top mover in the girl’s rankings, maintaining her fourth position and closing in on the nation’s top three.
Kyle Moison (Lincoln, RI) continued his strong month in January by breaking 70 feet for the first time last week and moving up to fourth position in this week’s national performance list. Chris Burkhart (Hilliard Darby, Hilliard, OH) also took over the Ohio state lead this week and jumped to fifth. The girl’s list had even more changes, with five of the top ten improving, including a huge personal best and new national lead from Monique Hardy (Webster Thomas, Webster, NY) at the Trent Jackson/Cedric Walker Invite, ahead of Natalia Surdej (Lancaster, NY), who moved up to fifth. Chandler Hayden also made her indoor season debut in third position out in Missouri.
After major changes on the national performance lists last week, things were a bit quieter this week. Kyle Moison moved up to fourth on the boy’s list after improving his best at the East Coast Championships. On the girl’s list, two more athletes broke 50 feet brining the total up to 13 athletes so far this season.
Four of the top eight girls in the nation showed improvement last week, led by Monique Hardy (Webster Thomas, Webster, NY), who added two and a half feet to her best to come within inches of the national lead. Nalaia Surdje (Lancaster, NY) also became the fourth thrower to break 55 feet this year. On the boy’s list, Tyler Arbaugh (Van Buren, OH) move up two positions to sixth. National leader Trey Knight (Ridgefield, WA) also shattered the national record with the heavier 35-pound weight on Saturday.
With lot of action over the weekend, the national performance list saw a few changes at the top again this week. In the girl’s rankings, there were three improvements in the top 10, led by sophomore Natalia Surdej (Lancaster, NY) solidifying her fourth position and Voski Armenakyan (Toll Gate, Warwick, RI) improving to sixth at the Rhody Classic. On the boy’s list, an improvement by Kyle Moison (Lincoln, RI) at the World Trophies Invitaitonal moved him up to fifth, and Chris Burkhart (Hilliard Darby, Hilliard, OH) moved to sixth with a three foot improvement at the Otterbein Early Bird HS Qualifier in Ohio.
Cheyenne Figueroa (Classical, Providence, RI) took back her national lead this week to highlight the improvements on this week’s national performance list. After dropping to second position last week, she threw a new best at the Rhode Island Classic. She was one of four improvements among the nation’s top six girl’s this week. On the boy’s list, throwers from Georgia highlighted the improvements. Tanner Duffin (Chamblee, GA) made his season debut in second position, while Kyle Brown (West Forsyth, Cumming, GA) also cracked into the top five at the Hoover HS Track Boosters & Alumni Invitational in Alabama.
Junior Monique Hardy (Webster Thomas, Webster, NY) improved her best by four feet on Saturday at the New York Section 5 Rochester Winter Track League to move into then national lead on this week’s performance lists. Hardy was one of five improvements among the nation’s top six throwers. On the boy’s side, Jacob Furland (Classical, Providence, RI) was the top mover. At the RITCA Invitational he broke 70 feet for the first time to secure the second spot on the boy’s list.
Top marks keep progressing as the season the season gets underway. Jacob Furland (Classical, Providence, RI) improved his season’s best by five feet to move up to climb to second position, while Logan Coles (Woonsocket, RI) made his debut in third position, nearly 10 feet better than his best from last season. On the girl’s […]