At the latest Centralia hammer meet, junior Jordan Fong (Kentlake, Kent, WA) hit a big throw of 159’10” to win the girl’s competition, while Gabriella Frost (Interlake, Bellevue, WA) took second with a personal best. Ian Frost (Mary M. Knight, Elma, WA) won the boy’s competition.
New Balance Nationals was not the only show in town this weekend. Hershey USATF Youth Indoor Championship down in Staten Island with many throwers from across the nation participating in the age group competition and meet records set in each category. Jared Briere (Woonsocket, RI) and James Cocca (Averill Park, NY) won the boys competitions with Briere setting a personal best, which he then bettered on Sunday at New Balance Nationals. Sydnee Walker (King’s Ridge Christian, Alpharetta, GA) and Annika Kelly (Barrington, RI) won the girl’s competitions, with Walker adding more than two feet to her indoor best and breaking 60 feet for the first time.
At the second Washington meet of the year, freshman Trey Knight (Ridgefield, WA) made his season debut. During the indoor season Knight set a new national freshman class record in the weight throw. In his first meet outdoors on Saturday he added more than 10 feet to his personal best and more than 10 feet to the Washington state freshman class record set by Zack Richards 12 years ago. It was a strong day for freshman all around as freshman Ava David (Lake Oswego, OR) also won the girl’s competition with a new personal best.