Track and Field News announces 2019 hammer throw all-Americans

Over the past week Track and Field News has released their annual high school all-American teams. In the hammer throw, three boys and three girls are given all-American honors. National leaders Samantha Kunza (Timberland, Wentzville, MO) and Trey Knight (Ridgefield, WA) led the way. Both were repeat all-Americans, with Knight also being the only 2018 event leader amongst all the event to repeat in 2019. He was undefeated this year, moved to third all-time in high school history, and also was fourth overall amongst all events in the athlete of the year voting. Interestingly, all three of the boys all-Americans will return next year. Read more

USATF Hershey National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships (CA) Results

121 athletes made the trip out to Sacramento for the USATF Hershey National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships. After qualifying through local and regional competitions, the national finals began on Monday with the hammer throw finals taking place on the first two days of competition. Junior Markayla Billings (Elk Grove, CA) provided the biggest highlight by added 12 feet to her personal best in the 17-18 year old competition. She hit her best in the first round and led from start to finish. Olivia Campbell (Western, Barry, IL) won the other girl’s age group. On the boy’s side Woonsocket throwers swept both categories with wins by Logan Coles (Woonsocket, RI) and Tarik Robinson O’Hagan (Woonsocket, RI). O’Hagan also approached a personal best in the competition. Read more

USATF Junior National Championships (FL) Results

The USATF Junior Championships took place over the weekend. The junior championships are a unique competition as it is open to all athletes born in 2000 or later, allowing many college freshman to also enter. Junior men also throw the 6-kilogram international implement, which is more than a pound heavier than the standard high school hammer. Joseph Benedetto, a freshman at Ole Miss, won the boy’s competition with Kyle Brown (West Forsyth, Cumming, GA) as the top high school finisher in fourth place. Mayyi Mahama won the girl’s comeptition. The Penn freshman has now added more than 20 feet to her personal best from high school. Samantha Kunza (Timberland, Wentzville, MO) was the top high school thrower in fifth place. Read more

Kelly named Gatorade Rhode Island athlete of the year

Fresh off her win at the New Balance Nationals Outdoor, senior Annika Kelly (Barrington, RI) was named the 2018-19 Gatorade Rhode Island Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year. Kelly is the first Gatorade Rhode Island Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year to be chosen from Barrington High School. The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the track, distinguishes Kelly as Rhode Island’s best high school girls track and field athlete. Read more

CIAC Hammer Throw Championships (CT) Results

Joe Lanham (Coventry, CT) broke 200 feet again to win the Connecticut state title this year, Trinity Cardillo (Southington, CT) in the girl’s competition. Read more

New Balance Nationals Outdoor (NC) Championship Results

Favorites both came through and faltered in the championship division at this weekend’s New Balance Nationals Outdoor. National leader Trey Knight (Ridgefield, WA) struggled to start the competition, but improved to capture the win by more than 10 feet in the boy’s competition. Michael Soler (Yauco, Puerto Rico) jumped in the action to take second and Rhode Island champion Logan Coles (Woonsocket, RI) was near his best to win bronze. You can watch a post-competition interview with Knight here. Read more

California High School Hammer Championships Results

New Balance Nationals was not the only championship that took place over the weekend. The California High School Hammer Championships also took place on Saturday. The meet has a unique format as a “postal meet”, meaning that one meet happening at the same time in two different locations, with the same events, and combing results to forms a common champion. Delta College was the northern site of the event, with Cerritos College being the locale for the Southern section. State leaders Emma Robbins (Esperanza, Anaheim, CA) and Christian Johnson (Buchanan) took home the titles, with Johnson adding 13 feet to his personal best. Read more

New Balance Nationals Outdoor (NC) Emerging Elite Results

Noah Belmnahia (Valhalla, NY) hit a new personal best in the fifth round to win a close Emerging Elite competition to kick off the New Balance Nationals action on Friday. Belmnahia improved his best by just 14 inches, but that was just what he needed as just 14 inches separated the first three competitors. On Saturday Moorea Mitchell (Castilleja, Palo Alto, CA) took a huge step forward in the girl’s Emerging Elite competition. After picking up the hammer last summer, she improved to 155’11” to claim the title by more than 10 feet. All four of her legal throws were good enough for the win. Read more

New Balance Nationals entries released

The final entries have been released for this weekend’s New Balance Nationals Outdoor in North Carolina. Action starts on Friday with the boy’s emerging elite competition. Saturday features the boy’s championship and girl’s emerging elite competition. Then the action concludes on Sunday with the girl’s championship. Overall 179 entries are confirmed, including 9 of the top 10 boys in the nation and 8 of the top 10 girls in the nation. Complete start lists and heat sheets can be found here. Read more

Georgia State Hammer Throw Championships Results

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. Read more