USATF Foundation Awards 22 Youth Hammer Grants

The USA Track & Field Foundation, in coordination with the Harold Connolly Youth Hammer Throw Fund, awarded 22 youth hammer throwers with training grants for the 2014 season today.

A record 11 boys and 11 girls have been named among this year’s recipients. The atheltes represent a broad spectrum of the top high school hammer throwers in the country, coming from nine different states. This year’s grant winners included some of the top stars from the 2014 season including US junior champion and national high school leader Haley Showalter and New Balance Outdoor Nationals second and third place finishers Colin Minor and Adam Kelly. Showalter recently competed at the World Junior Championships representing Team USA for the first time. The other winners also boast impressive resumes, as do many of those who did not receive a grant as the number of applications reached an all-time high.

The USATF Foundation helps support the Youth Hammer Throw Grants.

The USATF Foundation helps support the Youth Hammer Throw Grants.

To be considered, athletes must go through a vigorous application process that started after the 2013 season. The application included biographical information, training history, competitive statistical data, a brief essay describing his/her hammer throwing goals and a letter of support from the applicant’s coach and parent. All applicants must be born after January 1, 1996. Due to administrative delays the winners were only announced this summer.

Grant funds may only be used for specific hammer throw training and competition purposes. These grants are made possible through the support of the USATF Foundation and individual donors. Former Olympic gold medalist Harold Connolly began issuing grants in 2005 and during the last nine seasons, more than $39,000 have been awarded to 43 boys and 43 girls. The USATF Foundation began supporting the project before the 2012 season, allowing the project to both continue and expand in the wake of Connolly’s untimely death in 2010. For more information, please visit

Youth Boys
Name                Age  School City, State             Personal Best
Gabriel Arcaro      18   Burlington, MA                        209-08
Jacob Beene         18   Gilbert, AZ                           220-00
Brock Eager         18   Tahoma, Covington, WA                 231-00
James Eblen         17   Centrerville, OH                      192-11
Connor Fugere       17   Woonsocket, RI                        208-05
Adam Kelly          17   Barrington, RI                        223-05
Maxfield Lydum      18   Central, Independence, OR             207-00
Colin Minor         18   South Brunswick, Southport, NC        232-04
Sean Ryan           17   Babylon, NY                           218-08
Eric Sheng          17   Syosset, NY                           213-02
Charles Whitener    17   North Paulding, Dallas, GA            187-02
Youth Girls
Name                Age  School City, State             Personal Best
Alexandrea Amazan   16   New Rochelle, NY                      113-00
Sochima Bishop      16   New Rochelle, NY                      137-09
Monae Cooper        16   New Rochelle, NY                      159-07
Gabrielle Figueroa  18   Austintown Fitch, Youngstown, OH      180-01
Alva Hicks          17   Classical, Providence, RI             172-01
Jessica Jeffrey     17   New Rochelle, NY                      135-04
Cheyanne Nalle      18   Woonsocket, RI                        149-07
Riley Scocco        16   Shorewood Christian, Seattle, WA      138-02
Haley Showalter     17   Valor Christian, Highlands Ranch, CO  193-04
Kelli Thomas        18   Luella, Locust Grove, GA              175-02
Andrea Vahoua       18   Pope, Marietta, GA                    165-01
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