New York Adds Weight Throw to State Championships

At the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) central committee meeting on Thursday a variety of important topics and proposals were discussed. However, for hammer throwers action item 16 was the most relevant:

That’s right, New York has voted to officially add the weight throw as an event at the state indoor track championships thanks to a proposal from coach Oscar Jensen. The state now becomes the fourth state, along with Rhode Island, Ohio, and Vermont, to include the weight throw as an official event.

The weight throw has already been growing fast in New York even though it was not contested at the State Championships in prior years. Current high school hammer record holder Rudy Winkler was a prep at Averill Park High School and former record holder and Track and Field News Athlete of the Year Walter Henning attended St. Anthony’s High School on Long Island. Every year dozens of New York athletes are listed in the national rankings. However inclusion in the state meet will likely help it grow even more, just as Ohio has witnessed a weight throwing boom since the event was added to the state meet several years ago.

The hammer throw, on the other hand, has had more difficulty finding acceptance among state high school sports federations. Rhode Island remains the sole state to include the event in the state championships. Connecticut also holds it as an official event at a separate state championship meet. But throwers are emerging around the country anyway and many unofficial state championships have emerged starting with Washington and now also taking place in states likes California, Ohio, Georgia, Virginia, and Maryland.

3 replies
  1. Mike Lauro
    Mike Lauro says:

    Hat’s off to all the pioneering coaches and schools who have led the way to grow and expand our sport.
    Thanks to you all for your dedication.

  2. Paddy Mc Grath
    Paddy Mc Grath says:

    This is SUPER News!! This will mean more kids will be competing in the Weight Throw in my home state. It would be better if it was the Hammer but the more the Weight gets pushed into States the better. Once a kid starts to feel the fun of rotation they will naturally want to try the hammer in the Spring.


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  1. […] Bob Gourley’s national performance list is the thorough catalog of all elite high school hammers throwers in America. To be included in the list, boys must break 150 feet with the 12-pound hammer and girls must throw more than 120 feet with the 4-kilogram hammer. This year 239 throwers broke that barrier. But more impressive was the geographic diversity: throwers represented 28 different states. As written about last week, this resulted in 15 new state records. Below you can view the distribution of throwers by state. Rhode Island remains the strongest state as they have the greatest history of youth hammer thrower. This year they produced 57 throwers that made the list, nearly twice as much as any other state and were especially dominant on the boys side. However California gained some ground and rose to second position this year. Ohio, Washington, and Georgia all having more than 20 throwers also. New York was just behind, but will likely move up next year as the weight throw is being added as a official event at the state championships in 2015. […]

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