2017 Youth Hammer Throw State Rankings

As we finish up our look back at the 2017 season it is time to look at how the event is spread across the country. As we do every year, we like like to take a look at the sport through a geographic lens to show which states are on the rise and where the sport is spreading. Read more

Youth hammer throw reaches historic levels in 2017

At the end of every season HS takes some time to look back and do a statistical analysis of the year. Over the next few weeks we will recap the records, performance level, and geographic distribution of performances in 2017. To start off with, we will take a look at the general depth of hammer throwing across the country this season. Read more

Bring back the personalities in athletics

One of the big questions people asked after this year’s world championships is how track and field would move on without Usain Bolt. The legendary sprinter, who has been the headline name in the sport for the last nine year, is now officially retired. It is not just his performances that the sport needs, but the void created by his entertainment skills will be even harder to fill. Directly after the World Championships IAAF President Sebastian Coe told the Daily Mail that personalities have slowly become a rarity in track and field and we need more characters in our sport. I couldn’t agree more. Read more

GAINcast Episode 84: Icarus

The recent documentary Icarus took an in-depth look at the recent Russian doping scandal through the lens of a relationship with the mastermind of the doping plan Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov. As controversy enveloped his Rodchenkov’s life, director Bryan Fogel was drawn to the center of the storm and we get an inside look at how far athletes go to beat the system. On this week’s episode we take a break from talking about training to discuss the film and the current state of doping and anti-doping. Read more

Final 2017 U.S. High School Hammer List

With August coming to a close last week, the official end of the 2017 outdoor season has arrived. This week’s national performance list is therefore the last of the year. Seniors Michael Feldman (Tottenville, Staten Island, NY) and Joy McArthur (Dana Hills, Dana Point, CA) both ended their seasons at the top of the rankings. Stay tuned for more review and analysis of the year over the next six weeks. Read more

8/31/17 U.S. High School Performance List

As August comes to a close, sophomore Annika Kelly (Barrington, RI) broke 170 feet for the first time at the Sons of Italy Track and Field Throwing Championships in Rhode Island. She was the top improvement on this week’s national performance list, moving up the 14th on the girls list and strengthening her rank as the top sophomore in the country. Read more

Sons of Italy Track & Field Throwing Championships (RI) Results

At the last Rhode Island meet of the year Dilyn Cote (Woonsocket, RI) pulled off another win and Annika Kelly (Barrington, RI) hit a new personal best to win the girl’s competition. Read more

8/24/17 U.S. High School Hammer List

Some midwest results highlighted the improvements on this week’s national performance list. Sophomore Chandler Hayden (Pittsfield, IL) improved her best with the youth 3-kilogram and now sits sixth in the nation. Read more

8/17/17 U.S. High School Hammer List

With the season nearing an end we have just a few updates on this week’s performance list. Read more

Which Countries Performed the Best in London?

Everyone knows that athletics is a global sport, but this year’s World Championships showed that once again. The IAAF has 215 member federations and 66 countries produced a top 8 finish in London. That includes multiple countries from each continent. But among those countries there were some clear winners and losers. Read more