As the year starts coming to a close and the indoor season is ready to begin, the year-end awards are also starting to be announced. Over the past week Track and Field News has released their annual high school All-America teams,. including 3 boys and 3 girls in the hammer throw.
Unlike our national performance lists, which present only the best mark of each athlete, the Track and Field News All-America team ranks the top athletes subjectively, giving higher value to head-to-head marks and results at the championship meets.
On the girl’s saide the All-American team matched performance lists perfectly. National leader Skylar Soli (Douglas County, GA) was given the top honor for not only producing the top mark, but also for being the top high school thrower at USATF junior nationals. Teammates Adrianna Coleman (King’s, Shoreline, WA) and Kim Beard (King’s, Shoreline, WA) were second and third. Both traded wins through out the year, including a state title for Coleman, and Nike Nationals win for Beard.
The boy’s team was led by Christian Toro (Lincoln, RI), who took top honors after wins at New Balance Nationals and the Rhode Island State Championship. Kellen Kimes (Hart, MI) was in second place thanks to being the top American at the Nike Nationals. National leader Ethan Wordell (North Kingstown, RI) was third.
Rewriting the record books
After the season end we also re-wrote our high school hammer record books. Some highlights:
- Kim Beard broke the national freshman class record with a throw of 176’1″. That added over two feet to the previous record set in 2007 by Casey Kraychir (Twentynine Palms, CA).
- 7 new state hammer records and 8 new state weight throw records, including a new Michigan state record from Kellen Kimes. Also of note, Devyn Steingisser (Bryant, AR) broke the 92 year old Arkansas state record by nearly 30 feet.
- On the girl’s national all-time list, Skylar Soli moved up to 13th all-time. On the boy’s all-time list Ethan Wordell is now 31st.