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Hammerama 2007 (RI)

Hammerama 2007 Curtis Corner Middle School Wakefield, RI Sunday, July 22, 2007 HIGH SCHOOL BOYS’ 12# HAMMER THROW Meet Record Jacob Freeman East Greenwich, RI – 75.15m (246’06”) 1999 Pl Athlete Hometown Metric Imperial 1 Gama, Mike Wakefield, RI 61.96m 203’03” 2 Daly, Tim North Kingstown, RI 59.72m 195’11” 3 Hamilton, Grant Milford, NH 51.78m […]

Hammerama 2008 (RI)

Mike Gama (Bishop Hendricken, Warwick, RI) and Meaghan McGovern (North Kingstown, RI) won this year’s edition of Hammerama in Wakefield, RI. McGovern won a close competition over Karen Henning (St. Anthony’s, South Huntington, NY) in which both throwers threw personal bests. Robin Callen (Monroe Woodbury, Central Valley, NY) also threw a personal best for third […]

World Junior Championships (Poland)

Conor McCullough (Chaminade, West Hills, CA) placed second at today’s world junior championships with a new personal best throw of 75.88m (248’11”). McCullough threw the international 6-kilogram implement within four feet of a win and also helped a 1-2 sweep by the US. Winning the competition was former high school national record holder Walter Henning. […]

A look back at the season

I flew back to Seattle yesterday.  On the flight, I had a chance to reflect on my season.  While I will likely compete in some small local meets over the next month, the core of my season is now over and I am beginning to look ahead towards next season.  My last meets in Turkey and Switzerland also did not meet my expectations.  Despite great training results, I again encountered foul trouble during the competitions.  Converting great training into a great meet has been my biggest problem this season.  While I was ready to throw near 70m at several times this season, I was never able to bring all the elements together in a competition.  The mental distractions and time commitments of law school and work likely had an impact on this, but it is nevertheless frustrating that I was not able to come through when it counted.

USATF Youth Championships (NC)

Junior Conor McCullough (Chaminade, West Hills, CA) set a new national high school 12# hammer throw record with a throw of 79.24m (260’00”) at the 2008 USA Youth Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Saturday. That throw broke the national high school record of 255’11” set by Walter Henning (St. Anthony’s, South Huntington, NY) last […]

European Cup First League

I arrived in Europe last week. I spent the first few days in Bern, Switzerland with my friend and teammate Roland Widmer. Luckily, I was able to adjust to the time zone change with relatively little jet lag. I traveled to Istanbul, Turkey for my first competition last Saturday.

USATF Junior National Championships (OH)

Walter Henning eclipsed his meet record by less than a foot at this year’s USATF Junior National Championships. Along with Conor McCullough, both qualified to represent the US at this year’s World Junior Championships in Poland. At the USATF Junior Championship, all athlets who will not turn 20 during the calendar year are eligible to […]

Nike Outdoor Nationals (NC)

Mike Gama (Bishop Hendricken, Warwick, RI) came from behind to win the boy’s competition at this year’s Nike Outdoor Nationals in Greensboro, NC. Gama sat in third place entering the finals. However on his fifth throw he improved to 204’01”, a mark good enough to win the competition. Wes Wright (Villa Rica, GA) took second […]

Connecticut High School Championships (CT)

A large group of throwers competed at this year’s Connecticut High School Championships. Athalia Smith of New Britain High School won the girl’s competition at 41.99m (137’09”) while Robert Guider of Danbury High School won the boys’ competition at 55.22m (181’02”). Boys Hammer Throw================================================================ CIAC: C 194-09 Name Year Team Finals================================================================ 1 Robert Guider Danbury […]

Coming to radio near you

I received a phone call on Thursday from KIRO radio reporter Erin Covey. KIRO is putting together some stories on graduating students that are doing interesting work. They selected me for one of their stories and it will air shortly. The report was brief, but Ms. Covey was great to talk with. One thing I would like to add to the report is that I will be moving to Kamloops, British Columbia in a few months to train full-time with the world’s best hammer throw coach. I hope this experience will help me make the Olympics some day. The move will be costly and if you can help in any way, please contact me. Any support would help me reach my goal of being an Olympian.