State leaders Kyle Brown (West Forsyth, Cumming, GA) and Hannah Jackson (Kell, Marietta, GA) came away with the wins at this year’s Georgia State Hammer Throw Championships.
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After narrowly missing out on the Rhode Island state title last weekend, Kyle Moison (Lincoln, RI) returned to action this week on a tear. At Tuesday’s New England High School Hammer Championships he had just one legal throw, but that was enough to win and set an eight foot personal best in the process. State champ Logan Coles (Woonsocket, RI) also set a personal best in second place, while Voski Armenakyan (Toll Gate, Warwick, RI) added nearly six feet to her best to win the girl’s competition.
Oregon’s top throwers posted strong results at last week’s state hammer throw championship. Ava David (Lake Oswego, OR) added more than two feet to her state lead to capture the women’s title. In the boy’s competition Nano Kis (Tualatin, OR) equaled his state lead to win.
In the world of sport, I doubt there is anything more loathed than national governing bodies. On the one hand, they have a difficult job since no matter how hard they try, it is impossible for them to make everyone happy with limited resources. But on the other hand, they often shoot themselves in the foot before they start to do anything. This is why it has been surprising for us to her near universal acclaim for what is going on at USA Weightlifting. On this week’s episode CEO Phil Andrews come on to discuss the organization’s strategy to grow the sport and some key lessons he has learned in three years on the job.
Senior Dylan Beaird (Wayne, Huber Heights, OH) extended his personal best at Sunday’s Ohio High School Hammer Championship to claim his first state hammer title. Close behind him were Tyler Arbaugh (Van Buren, OH), who broke 200 feet for the first time, and state leader Erik Fertig (Eastwood, Pemberville, OH). A massive personal best helped Addison Hoover (Granville, OH) squeeze on the title in the girl’s competition. She improved by 14 feet in the competition and finished just one foot ahead of state leader Emma Kowalski (Hilliard Darby, Hilliard, OH).
After battling back and forth all season, Logan Coles (Woonsocket, RI) and Kyle Moison (Lincoln, RI) continued the battle at Saturday’s Rhode Island State Championships. Moison blasted out 219 foot throw to take a big lead in round one while Coles was on thin ice with two fouls in the first two rounds. After securing a legal throw on his third attempt, Coles then improved to 222’11” in the fourth round. Moison improved in round five, but it wasn’t enough and Coles held on for the win. After setting a state record last week, Annika Kelly (Barrington, RI) returned to win the state title in the girl’s final. She didn’t just win, but won in style with her second best result ever, as well as the second best result in Rhode Island history, and a meet record.
Sometimes we take training young athletes for granted. Give them almost anything and they will see some initial growth, but true long-term development requires a more thoughtful process. This month on HMMR Media we explored training the young athlete. Through 3 new videos, 4 podcasts, and 4 articles from 11 world class coaches we explored examples of training methods, long-term athlete development, key issues facing youth athletics, as well as ideas on how these concepts can be transferred to older athletes as well.
I’ve been thinking a lot about progressions lately. This month’s site theme is the young athlete, and that goes hand in hand with progressions. I’ll also be moderating a panel discussion on the topic at GAIN in two weeks. As a result I’ve got a bunch of random ideas floating around in my head on the topic. The following is not a set of answers on how to progress the athlete, but rather a compilation of things I am thinking about.
National leader Trey Knight (Ridgefield, WA) broke 250 feet again to capture the title at the 19th annual Washington State Hammer Championships. The junior led from start to finish and won by more than 60 feet. The girl’s competition might not have had the big headlines, but it featured a better battle for the win. Alexandra Payne (North Kitsap, Poulsbo, WA) improved by 14 feet to take the close competition over Tara Koonce (Kamiak, Mukilteo, WA), who also had a new best in the competition.
On Saturday, Samantha Kunza (Timberland, Wentzville, MO) briefly lost the national lead as Annika Kelly (Barrington, RI) set a new Rhode Island record at the Mt. Pleasant Invitational. On Sunday, Kunza responded with a new best of her own at the Oklahoma Throws Series Meet 3. All five of her legal throws were over her season’s best. In the end she added 10 feet to her season’s best and her best attempt of 197’9″ finally improved upon her personal best set last season. Her new mark also makes her the eighth high school athlete ever to break 60 meters. Sophomore Bailey Tilley) (Jenks, OK) also had a strong performance and set the national lead with the 3-kilogram hammer. Ian Hammock (Iberia, MO) won the boy’s competition with a personal best as well.