The World Junior Championships are taking place in Colombia in August and the best under-20 throwers in the US had a chance to qualify on Thursday at the USATF U20 National Championships. With the top two finishers earning a spot on the team, competition was tight.
High school national leader Tarik Robinson-O’Hagan (Woonsocket, RI) led the way with a win in the junior men’s competition. Men throw the international junior 6-kilogram hammer, but the heavier weight didn’t slow Robinson-O’Hagan down as he almost went further than his personal best with the lighter high school ball. Colin Burkhart, now a freshman at Penn State University, showed the big progress he has made this year with a silver medal finish to snag the last spot on the World Junior Championships team. His best mark with the heavier hammer easily surpassed his high school marks with the lighter hammer from last season. Prep thrower Jeremiah Nubbe (Rainier, WA) took bronze. The women’s competition dominated by collegiate throwers Emily Fink of West Point and UCLA’s Jillian Stafford. Katelyn Peterson (Dixon, CA) was the top high school finisher in fourth.
More coverage of the competition:
- Men’s competition: Interviews with Robinson-O’Hagan, Burkhart, and Nubbe.
- Women’s competition: Interviews with Fink and Stafford.
2022 USATF U20 Championships June 23, 2022 Haywayd Field, Eugene, OR Men's U20 Hammer Throw (6-kilogram) ================================================================== Name School Finals ================================================================== 1 Tarik Robinson-O'Hagan Ocean State Hammerheads 75.08m 246-04 2 Collin Burkhart Penn State Univ 72.58m 238-01 3 Jeremiah Nubbe Yelm Tornado Track Club 70.79m 232-03 4 Scott Dochat Penn 66.19m 217-02 5 Marshall Swadley Southeast Missouri St 64.52m 211-08 6 Sean Smith Iowa 64.32m 211-00 7 Jacob Sun Unattached 63.27m 207-07 9 Garret Bernt Northern Arizona Univ 58.85m 193-01 9 Seth Allen Retrain Track and Field 53.41m 175-02 - Max Herman Throw1Deep Club Foul - Michael Pinckney Unattached DNS Women's U20 Hammer Throw ================================================================== Name School Finals ================================================================== 1 Emily Fink US Military Academy 59.64m 196-08 2 Jillian Stafford UCLA 59.52m 195-03 3 Kali Terza Kennesaw State Univ 58.14m 190-09 4 Kately Peterson Golden State Thrwoers 55.67m 182-07 5 Natalia Surdej Univ of Connecticut 53.86m 176-08 6 Giavonna Meeks Unattached 53.71m 176-02 7 Kimberly Beard Get Strong First TC 42.39m 139-01