It was an incredible week at the top of the national performance lists. With his win at the New England Weight Throw Championships, Tarik Robinson-O’Hagan (Woonsocket, RI) added three feet to his best, extended his national lead, broke the Rhode Island state record, and moved to 5th all-time in the country. Andrew Harmon (North Kingstown, RI) also became the eighth thrower this season to break 70 feet. On the girl’s lists, Alyssa DeRosa (Corning, Painted Post, NY) had a big personal best to break into the top ten.
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Marc Piette is the throws coach for Woonsocket High School in Rhode Island as well as Oceanstate Hammerheads Club.
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Ariel Ammentorp (Union, Camas, WA) was the biggest mover on this week’s national performance list, jumping up to fourth position. On the boy’s side, Zane Forist (Carson City-Crystal, Carson City, MI) added to his personal best for the third straight week to continue as the highest ranked improvement.
After a strong season debut last week, Zane Forist (Carson City-Crystal, Carson City, MI) improved again this week to his fourth position on this week’s national performance lists the biggest mover on the national performance list this week, jumping up to fourth position with his first throw over 70 feet. On the girl’s list Olivia Campbell (Pittsfield, IL) also improved her fourth-place mark to become this week’s top mover.
Zane Forist (Carson City-Crystal, Carson City, MI) was the biggest mover on the national performance list this week, jumping up to fourth position with his first throw over 70 feet. On the girl’s list Brooklyn Hammons (Grant County, Dry Ridge, KY) strengthened her second position with an improvement.
There were lots of updates to the national performance list over the last two weeks. Leading the way was Tarik Robinson O’Hagan (Woonsocket, RI). He improved the boy’s national lead by more than one foot and moved into the top 10 all time at the Millrose Games. He was one of seven improvements among the nation’s top eight throwers. Kaylin Howey (Bellevue, OH) was jumped into the top 10 with a new personal best.
The national leaders stayed the same this week, but there was plenty of movement behind them. Rachel Neaves (DeerCreek, Edmond, OK) made her season debut in fifth position, with Olivia O’Connor (Hillhouse, New Haven, CT) also moving up the lists with her win at the New Balance Games. The top mover on the boy’s list was Jake Steslicki (Farmington, MI) who made his season debut inside the top 10.
In our second update of the year Giavonna Meeks (Northfield, Denver, CO) jumped into the national lead. In her first meet of the season he launched a personal best and her first mark ever over 60 feet. She led 6 improvements amongst the girl’s top 10. The boy’s list also saw 4 top 10 improvements as the season starts getting underway.
It is with great sadness that we begin another high school season without the legendary coach Bob Gourley. For decades he has compiled weekly national lists for the hammer throw and weight throw. However he unfortunately passed away in October. His work played a pivotal role in developing the hammer throw in the US an we want to keep the project going. Below are the first lists of the indoor season. If you had additional results please email them to us and spread the word that we’re still up and running.
The Rhode Island season is getting under way in December with one of the first bigger meets of the season: the RITCA Invitational. On the boys side it was a huge day for the top 3 athletes, all seniors, Asher Robbins (Barrington, RI), Liam Cappoza (Barrington, RI), and Andrew Harmon (North Kingstown, RI US#5). All three hit big personal bests and Robbins also broke 70 feet for the first time. On the girls side junior Aviana Rezendes (Classical, Providence, RI) starting off her season in good fashion.