2018 High School Boys All-America Team

Anthony Schwartz repeated as the 100’s No. 1 and added the 200 title to boot. (KIRBY LEE/IMAGE OF SPORT)

MONDO DUPLANTIS was a factor in only one event, but after his prolific recordsetting performances in the vault he dominates edition No. 45 of our HS Boys All-America Team, compiled by our Boys HS Editor, Jack Shepard. Duplantis was one of 3 repeat individual leaders from the ’17 squad, being joined by a pair of Floridians, Anthony Schwartz (100) and Thomas Burns (300H). Overall, it’s Duplantis’s fourth straight squad. The only athlete with 3 straight squads is yet another Floridian, Tyrese Cooper in both the 200 and 400.

Look for a few repeat winners again next year, as there were 4 non-senior No. 1s this year: Sean Burrell (400), Kurt Powdar (110H), Malcolm Clemons (LJ) & Trey Knight (HT).

Schwartz (100 & 200) was the year’s only double winner, but there were 7 others who made it in more than one event: Austin Kratz (100/200), Tyrese Cooper (200/400), Matthew Boling (400/LJ), Brodey Hasty (mile/2M), Tre’Bien Gilbert (110H/300H), Cameron Murray (110H/LJ) & Patrick Larrison (SP/DT).

The 2018 team, with their major-meet highlights followed by their seasonal best (the key to the various codings appears at the end of this document):

100 METERS
1. ANTHONY SCHWARTZ # (American Heritage, Plantation, Florida)
1)Florida Relays, State-2A, Great Southwest, USATF Junior; 10.09(A) HSL/10.13/10.07w
2. KESEAN CARTER (The Woodlands, Texas)
1)State, adidas Dream; 10.22
3. AUSTIN KRATZ (Dock, Lansdale, Pennsylvania)
1)Arcadia, State; 2)adidas Dream; 5)USATF Junior; 10.33
4. *TAYLOR BANKS (Miramar, Florida)
1)Brooks; 2)Great Southwest; 3)State-4A, 6h)New Balance Nationals; 10.26(A)
5. **MICAH WILLIAMS (Benson, Portland, Oregon)
1)State; 2)Brooks; 4)USATF Junior; 10.37

BEING UNDEFEATED by U.S. athletes—and fast—makes it easy to give Schwartz the top spot for the second year in a row. His altitude-aided 10.09 moved him to No. 3 on the all-time list. In a super-prolific season he had 14 sub-10.4s and 7 sub-10.2s. His one loss came in earning silver at the World Juniors… Texan Carter was also undefeated and his Dream 100 win over Arcadia champ Kratz earns him No. 2… Banks won the important Brooks title but faltered at State and NBN… As the second prep at the USATF Juniors, Williams takes the final spot… Honorable Mention to NBN winner Okheme Moore (Hillcrest, Tuscaloosa, Alabama).

200 METERS
1. ANTHONY SCHWARTZ # (American Heritage, Plantation, Florida)
1)State, Great Southwest; 20.47/20.41w
2. AUSTIN KRATZ (Dock, Lansdale, Pennsylvania)
1)Arcadia, State; 3)USATF Junior; 20.74
3. *TYRESE COOPER # @ (Norland, Miami Gardens, Florida)
missed State; 20.73
4. KENNETH BEDNAREK (Rice Lake, Wisconsin)
1)State; 20.43 HSL
5. *JOE FAHNBULLAH (Hopkins, Minnesota)
1)State; 20.69

SCHWARTZ was undefeated here, period, and while he didn’t lead the yearly list, he was again prolific, with 8 sub-21 races and 4 sub-20.5s. He moved up two positions from last year… Kratz, undefeated by preps, backed up his Arcadia win by being the first high schooler at the Juniors… After an exhausting—and erratic, due to injury and personal problems—19-race season Cooper becomes only the third ever to rank 3 years in a row (and, obviously, he can make it a record 4 next year)… List leader Bednarek had limited races with no significant postseason activity… The late-developing Fahnbullah gets the final spot after a convincing USATFJO win over NBN champ Okheme Moore (Hillcrest, Tuscaloosa, Alabama), who earns another HM.

400 METERS
1. **SEAN BURRELL (Zachary, Louisiana)
1)State, Great Southwest, Brooks; 45.74
2. JAMAL WALTON’ # @ (Miramar, Florida)
2)State; 45.42 HSL
3. *TYRESE COOPER # @ (Norland, Miami Gardens, Florida)
1)New Balance Nationals; 46.02
4. ELIJA GODWIN # @ (Newton, Covington, Georgia)
3)USATF Junior; 46.00
5. *MATTHEW BOLING (Strake, Houston, Texas)
2)State; 3)Brooks; 6)USATF Junior; 46.15
(5 races sub-47.00).

BURRELL & WALTON were a cut above the rest of the field. Each had 9 sub-47s, but Burrell was undefeated and had 3 sub-46s to just 1 for list leader Walton. Burrell is only the second soph (joining the legendary William Reed ’86) to be No. 1 here, although Cooper turned the trick as a frosh… Walton did not win a major title as a nagging hamstring cost him a State title and ended his season… The busy Cooper—19 races here too—strung together a good résumé, including the NBN title and a win over Walton in their only meeting. Last year’s runner-up, Cooper now has a chance to become the event’s first 4-time Ranker ever… Godwin was also injured most of season, missing State, but recovered well enough to be top HSer at the Juniors… The solid Boling had 7 sub-47 races.

800 METERS
1. JOSH HOEY (Shanahan, Downingtown, Pennsylvania)
1)USATF Junior; 1:47.67 HSL
2. *LUIS PERALTA’ (Passaic, New Jersey)
1)State, New Balance Nationals; 1:49.10
3. **BRANDON MILLER (Burroughs, St. Louis, Missouri)
1)State, MileFest, Brooks; 1:49.55
4. DREW MAHER (Shore, West Long Branch, New Jersey)
2)New Balance Nationals; 5)State; 1:49.16
5. KIERAN McDERMOTT (Bel Air, Maryland)
1)State; 3)New Balance Nationals; 1:49.80

THOUGH NOT running for his school limited his volume, Hoey dominated with 7 sub-1:50s and 5 sub-1:49s. The fastest of them claimed the national indoor record. Hoey is the first Pennsylvanian ever to grab No. 1 here… Peralta and Miller get 2–3 after undefeated campaigns. Each had a major postseason win with Peralta earning No. 2 on his big NBN triumph. Miller is the first soph to earn a spot since ’06… The field is filled out by NBN 2–3 placers Maher and McDermott.

MILE
1. BRODEY HASTY (Brentwood, Tennessee)
4:00.05 HSL/3:43.74 HSL
2. DUSTIN HORTER (Lakota East, Liberty Township, Ohio)
1)State, Brooks; 4:04.68
3. CAMERON PONDER (Mt Tabor, Winston-Salem, North Carolina)
1)Music City; 2)Penn Relays; 4:04.24
4. MICHAEL PHILLIPS (Chiles, Tallahassee, Florida)
1)State, Dream; 5) Brooks; 4:06.22
5. *NICK FOSTER (Pioneer, Ann Arbor, Michigan)
2)State, Brooks; 4:05.50

HASTY DIDN’T run for his school, but put up a big collection of fast times against pros and collegians indoors and out. The fastest of them, his list-leading 4:00.05 indoors at Millrose, put him right on the cusp of the sub-4:00 club. Overall, he had 4 sub-4:05 races. His list-leading 1500 of 3:43.74 moved him to No. 10 all-time… The Brooks race produced 5 of the season’s top 7 times so the undefeated Horter gets the second spot after his win there… No. 3 Ponder had the year’s fastest outdoor time… Phillips & Foster are close in 4–5, with the former’s Dream win being the decider… Honorable Mention to Dalton Hengst (Home, York, Pennsylvania), the top prep at the Juniors… This marks the third year in a row of an all-senior fivesome.

2 MILES
1. JAMES MWAURA (Lincoln, Tacoma, Washington)
1)State, Brooks; 3)Arcadia; 8:48.76 HSL
(4 races sub-9:00, 2 sub-8:50).
2. BRODEY HASTY (Brentwood, Tennessee)
1) New Balance Indoor, Music City; 9:00.38/8:00.92 HSL
3. **COLE SPROUT (Valor, Highlands Ranch, Colorado)
1)Oregon Relays, State; 2)Brooks; 8:49.46/8:13.85
4. RYAN RAFF (Lehi, Utah)
1)Simplot, State; 3)Brooks; 8)Arcadia; 9)New Balance Indoor; 8:51.66
5. *DEVIN HART (Point Pleasant Borough, Point Pleasant, New Jersey)
1)State Indoor, State; 4)Brooks; 6)New Balance Nationals; 8:53.36

MWAURA BEGAN as the second American at Arcadia, but then went undefeated, including a list-leading win at Brooks. Brooks was the dominant race, producing 5 of the top 6 times… Defending No. 1 Hasty ran just twice but they were big ones, winning NBIN and moving to No. 3 on the all-time 3000 list… Brooks runner-up Sprout claimed national soph-class records in both the 3000 and 2M… Raff mixed high and low finishes… Hart’s 4th at Brooks in 8:53.36 was his only loss and part of a great double. The very next day, on the opposite coast, he ran 9:01.71+ to win State.

Virginian Kurt Powdar was the best of the high hurdlers. (VICTOR SAILER/PHOTO RUN)
110 HURDLES
1. *KURT POWDAR (Smith, Chesapeake, Virginia)
1)State, New Balance Nationals; 13.59
2. AYDEN OWENS (North Allegheny, Wexford, Pennsylvania)
1)State, Brooks; 13.69
3. CAMERON MURRAY (Westlake, Atlanta, Georgia)
1)Arcadia, State; 3)USATF Junior; 4)Brooks; 13.52 HSL
4. JOB MAYHUE (East, Kentwood, Michigan)
1)State; 2)New Balance Nationals; 13.75
5. TRE’BIEN GILBERT (Judson, Converse, Texas)
1)State; 2)Texas Relays; 4)Great Southwest, USATF Junior; 13.53

THINGS AREN’T always what they seem. Murray had the year’s fastest time and Owens was undefeated, but the top spot went to the 1-loss Powdar, No. 3 on the yearly list. Powdar’s loss came in a summer JO race that didn’t affect honors won… Owens’ volume (5 sub-14s) was not as good as Powdar’s (10 sub-14s)… List leader Murray had a lot of fast times, but lost to Owens by by 3 places at Brooks, deciding their final order… HM to Andre Turay (South, Hagerstown, Maryland), who gave Powdar his one loss… Defending No. 1 Eric Edwards (Langham Creek, Houston) had a season-long hamstring problem but came back to take 2nd at Brooks.

300/400-METER HURDLES
1. THOMAS BURNS # (Northwestern, Miami, Florida)
1)Great Southwest; 35.47(A) HSL
2. MARION HUMPHREY (Hoover, Alabama)
1)Mobile Meet Of Champions, State; 2)Great Southwest; 35.52(A)
3. JAMES SMITH (Westwood, Mesa, Arizona)
1)Arcadia, State; 2)New Balance Nationals; 3)Great Southwest 36.40(A)/51.45
4. MILES GREEN (St. Joseph’s, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
1)New Balance Nationals; 3)Penn Relays; 51.07 HSL
5. TRE’BIEN GILBERT (Judson, Converse, Texas)
1)Texas Relays, State; 4)Great Southwest; 36.18
(5 races sub-37.50, 5 sub-37.00).

BURNS JOINED elite company by becoming only the second repeat winner here ever, joining Virginian Rickey Harris (1999–00). He won the Great Southwest matchup, which produced 4 of the 5 rankers. With 46.72/13.97 skills he ran those two events at State instead of his flagship event… Humphrey’s brother, Marlon, was No. 1 in this event in ’13…
Great… Smith was the only one to do both distances and even though he lost to Green at NBN, his huge volume gives him the nod for No. 3… Gilbert matches his No. 5 spot from the straightaway hurdles.


4 x 100 RELAY
1. SEVEN LAKES, Katy, Texas
1)Texas Relays, State-6A; 39.80 HSL
2. AMERICAN HERITAGE, Plantation, Florida #
1)Florida Relays, State; 40.14
3. THE WOODLANDS, Texas
2)State-6A; 39.98
4. CEDAR HILL, Texas
3)Texas Relays, State-6A; 40.08
5. LEGACY, Mansfield, Texas
1)State-5A; 4)Texas Relays; 40.17

THE UNDEFEATED Seven Lakes foursome of Chris Williams, Lance Broome, Jaquan Bloomfield & Trey Jones—which moved to No. 4 on the all-time list—is an easy choice for No. 1. They became just the fifth school ever to break 40, and 0.18 later The Woodlands became the sixth… TW, which lost at its Regional, ends up as No. 3, however, since American Heritage, No. 4 a year ago, was undefeated and had 5 sub-40.5s compared to 1… In a ranking typically dominated by Lone Star squads, Cedar Hill edges Legacy for No. 4.

4 x 200 RELAY
1. THE WOODLANDS, Texas #
1)Texas Relays, State-6A; 1:23.25 HSR
2. SEVEN LAKES, Katy, Texas
2)Texas Relays, State-6A; 1:23.42
3. LEGACY, Mansfield, Texas
1)State-5A; 3)Texas Relays; 1:24.21

A NATIONAL RECORD BY a foursome of Ethan Bonner, Jake Lanier, DeAngelo Alexander & Kesean Carter topped off an undefeated season for The Woodlands, No. 3 a year ago… Seven Lakes lost only to TW and its 1:23.42 is the third-fastest time ever… This is the fifth year in a row with all Texas teams, and a non-Texas squad hasn’t been No. 1 since ’09 (New Bern, North Carolina).

4 x 400 RELAY
1. MURRIETA MESA, Murrieta, California
1)Mt. SAC Relays, State; 3:10.86 HSL
2. COLLINS, Klein, Texas
1)State-6A; 3:12.10
3. DeSOTO, Texas #
1)Texas Southern Relays, Texas Relays; 6)State-6A; 3:11.38
4. TAYLOR, Houston, Texas
2)State-6A; 3)Texas Relays; 3:11.52
5. NORTHWESTERN, Miami, Florida
1)Florida Relays, State; 3:12.23

THE NATION’S top two races were the California State and Texas-6A finals. Murrieta Mesa won the Golden State title easily with a list-leading 3:10.86 by Jermarcus Tate, Matthew Okonkwo, Davonte Williams & Christian Shakir-Ricks to take No. 1… Collins had a tougher time as its 3:12.10 led 3 teams under 3:13. Collins had 2 losses before State and ended up only the fourth-fastest Texas school of the year, but came up big when it counted… Though DeSoto was only 6th at State (and also lost at Regional) they had defeated everyone else before that and had an enormous volume of fast times (11 sub-3:17s).

4 x 800 RELAY
1. NORTHPORT, New York #
1)Loucks, State, 1)New Balance Nationals 7:31.62 HSL
2. GREEN HOPE, Cary, North Carolina
2)New Balance Nationals; 4)Penn Relays; 7:32.06
3. EAST GREENWICH, Rhode Island
1)New Englands; 3)New Balance Nationals; 7:35.43
4. WADSWORTH, Ohio
1)State; 5)Penn Relays; 9) New Balance Nationals 7:39.05
5. ST. BENEDICT’S, Newark, New Jersey
1)Eastern States; 4)New Balance Nationals; 7)Penn Relays; 7:35.87

A REPEAT NO. 1 for Northport was ensured when the combo of Thomas Fodor, Dan O’Connor, Elijah Claiborne & Isaiah Claiborne won the deep NBN race, which produced the nation’s top 9 times. Northport and runner-up Green Hope produced the Nos. 5 & 7 times ever… No. 4 Wadsworth didn’t run well at NBN, but had a total of sub-7:50 races, 5, matched by only Northport.

4 x MILE RELAY
1. LOUDOUN VALLEY, Purcellville, Virginia
1)New Balance Indoor; 4)New Balance Nationals; 17:01.82 HSR
2. WEST WINDSOR-PLAINSBORO NORTH, Plainsboro, New Jersey
1)New Balance Nationals; 5)New Balance Indoor; 17:19.69
3. BURNT HILLS-BALLSTON LAKE, Burnt Hills, New York
2)New Balance Nationals; 17:26.62

SO HOW DO you finish only 4th in the year’s biggest race, but end up No. 1 anyway? That’s just what Loudoun Valley did, being well beaten by 3 other teams at the NBN. Their leadership is based on the absolute national record that Connor Wells (4:24.7), Jacob Hunter (4:15.0), Sam Affolder (4:10.6) & Colton Bogucki (4:11.5) set at the indoor version of the New Balance meet. Only Hunter ran on the outdoor squad… Outdoor leader West Windsor was almost 20 seconds slower, taking the runner-up spot.

SPRINT MEDLEY
1. SALINE, Michigan
1)New Balance Nationals; 3:25.05 HSL
2. GLASS, Lynchburg, Virginia
1)Dogwood; 3:27.49
3. MISSION VIEJO, California
1)Arcadia; 3:27.64

NONE OF THE CONTENDERS ran this event more than once. Saline’s NBN win (Winford Walker, Jack Fenelon, Christopher Chuparkoff, Anthony DeKraker) led the yearly list by 2½ seconds. Glass and Mission Viejo each won the important race in its area.

DISTANCE MEDLEY
1. BRENTWOOD, Tennessee
1)New Balance Indoor, New Balance Nationals; 9:56.31 HSL
2. HOPEWELL VALLEY, Pennington, New Jersey
1)Eastern States Indoor, Penn Relays; 9:57.77
3. ST. ANTHONY’S, South Huntington, NY
2)New Balance Indoor; 4)Penn Relays; 7)New Balance Nationals; 9:58.36

FULLY BALANCED: List leader Brentwood won the New Balance meets indoors and out and moved to No. 8 on the all-time list to rate as a clear No. 1 with its indoor 9:56.31 by Scott Thompson, Dodger Vest, Max Benson & Brody Hasty… Runner-up Hopewell led the outdoor charts with its Penn win over St. Anthony’s.


HIGH JUMP
1. SEAN LEE (Trabuco Hills, Mission Viejo, California)
1)Mt. SAC Relays, State; 7-3
2. NATE PATTERSON # (Plymouth, Indiana)
1)State, Midwest MOC, 4)USATF Junior; 4)New Balance Indoor 7-4 HSL
3. MAYSON CONNER (York, Nebraska)
1)State; 7) USATF Junior; 7-2¼
4. TYLER CRONK (Kentridge, Kent, Washington)
1)Arcadia, State; 7-3
5. JAKE GRIMSMAN (Vista del Lago, Folsom, California)
1) Stanford; =5)USATF Junior; 7-3

LEE DIDN’T JUMP after winning State, but even with no post-season meets eked out a No. 1 after going undefeated and putting up a host of high-end marks (7 over 7-0, 5 over 7-2)… Patterson, last year’s No. 4, led the yearly list and was the top prep at the Juniors, but had a bad NBIN loss. Connor was undefeated until the Juniors. Cronk was also undefeated, but was another who didn’t jump after winning State.

If there was no such thing as a Mondo, Sondre Guttormsen would be king of the vaulters. (KIRBY LEE/IMAGE OF SPORT)
POLE VAULT
1. MONDO DUPLANTIS’ # @ % (Lafayette, Louisiana)
undefeated by preps, 19-10¼ HSR (plus 19-5 HSR, 19-5½ HSR, 19-6¼ HSR, 19-8¼ HSR)
2. SONDRE GUTTORMSEN’ (Davis, California)
1)PV Summit, Texas Relays, Arcadia, State; 18-10¼
3. KC LIGHTFOOT # (Lees Summit, Missouri)
1)State, Great Southwest, New Balance Nationals; =2) New Balance Indoor, Texas Relays; 3)PV Summit, USATF Junior; 18-5
4. ZACH BRADFORD (Bloomington, Illinois)
1)New Balance Indoor, State, USATF Junior; 2)PV Summit; =2)Texas Relays; 18-2½
5. BRANSON ELLIS (Lee, Tyler, Texas)
1)State; 4)Texas Relays; 18-3¼

ATHLETE OF THE YEAR Duplantis, who becomes the event’s first 4-time ranker ever, is covered in depth here. With 22 meets over 17, 21 over 18 and 13 over 19, he topped the greatest vault year ever (at least in the fiberglass era) as all 5 of our choices were 18-footers… NBN winner Lightfoot had a fabulous year that included a streak of 7 straight 18-footers, but in the final analysis he’s edged by Guttormsen, who beat him both at the PV Summit and Texas Relays… Bradford finished his season with a World Junior silver, but in this toughest of years, with only a pair of 18-footers (compared to 9 for Guttormsen and 8 for Lightfoot) he can’t rate higher than No. 4… Ellis finished off his campaign with the USATF Youth gold.

LONG JUMP
1. **MALCOLM CLEMONS (St. Mary’s, Berkeley, California)
1)Stanford, State; 2)Arcadia, New Balance Nationals; 24-11¾ HSL
2. BRANDON HICKLIN (Spartanburg, South Carolina)
1)State, New Balance Nationals; 24-5
3. CAMERON MURRAY # (Westlake, Atlanta, Georgia)
1)State; 24-5
4. *FRANK ROYAL (St. Christopher’s, Richmond, Virginia)
3)Penn Relays; 5)USATF Junior, New Balance Nationals; 24-4½
5. *MATTHEW BOLING (Strake, Houston, Texas)
1)Texas Relays, State; 6)USATF Junior; 23-11½/24-2¾ w

ANOTHER DOWN YEAR in which there were no legal 25-footers, and even 24-footers were frequently hard to come by… Hicklin beat Clemons by a half-inch at NBN, but the Californian’s overall consistency gave him the top spot… Murray didn’t jump in the post-season biggies, but was busy in the hurdles, where he also earned the No. 3 spot (and had the year’s fastest time).

TRIPLE JUMP
1. JEQUAN HOGAN (Fountain-Ft. Carson, Fountain, Colorado)
1)New Balance Nationals; 2)State; 51-8½(A) HSL
2. KEYSHAWN KING (Liberty, South Carolina)
1)State; 51-4¼ low-altitude HSL
3. TREYVON FERGUSON (Hershey School, Hershey, Pennsylvania)
1)New Balance Indoor; 2)New Balance Nationals; 3)Penn Relays; 50-9½
4. C.J. STEVENSON (Great Oak, Temecula, California)
1)State; 2)Arcadia; 50-6¾
5. TRAVIAN BLAYLOCK (Atascocita, Humble, Texas)
1)Texas Southern Relays, State; 50-7¼

HOGAN WAS HAVING a season of little note, losing at State, before erupting with 4 straight 51-footers to close things out and take the yearly list leadership and No. 1. He’s only the second Coloradan to rate here, and the first to earn the top spot… King was undefeated and had multiple big jumps (4 meets over 51), but no post-season… Ferguson jumped well in both New Balance meets, while Stevenson had volume, but some losses.

SHOT
1. TYSON JONES (Desert Edge, Goodyear, Arizona)
1)State, Iron Wood, New Balance Nationals; 71-8¾ HSL
2. JOHN MEYER # (Township, Lockport, Illinois)
1)State; 70-6½
3. JOSHUA SOBOTA (Bearden, Knoxville, Tennessee)
1)State; 2)Iron Wood, New Balance Nationals; 69-1¼
4. PATRICK LARRISON (Moore, Oklahoma)
1)New Balance Indoor, Kansas Relays, State; 3)Iron Wood; 4)New Balance Nationals; 67-6
5. NICK PHELPS (Kingsley-Pierson, Kingsley, Iowa)
1)Drake Relays, State; 2)Kansas Relays; 67-2

THE UNDEFEATED Jones had two nice postseason wins and 5 meets past 70 (plus 15 over 65) to be an easy No. 1. He’s the first Arizonan ever to rank in any position here, although national recordsetter Dallas Long was our AOY in the pre-Rankings era, ‘58. Jones broke his 60-year-old State Record… Sobota had a pair of nice runner-up finishes behind Jones, but Meyer—with no HS-implement post-season meets—has a better case for No. 2, based just on marks. The only 70-footer indoors and out, Meyer had 14 meets over 65 (just 1 fewer than Jones) and a pair over 70 as he moved up from No. 5 as a junior.

DISCUS
1. SAM WELSH (Academy, Concord, Massachusetts)
1)New Balance Nationals; 212-0 HSL
2. PATRICK LARRISON (Moore, Oklahoma)
1)Kansas Relays, State; 2)Iron Wood; 3)New Balance Nationals; 210-9
3. JOSHUA SOBOTA (Bearden, Knoxville, Tennessee)
1)State, Iron Wood; 5)New Balance Nationals; 200-5
4. *BRYAN HUDSON (Scott, Georgetown, Kentucky)
1)State; 2)Florida Relays, New Balance Nationals; 198-1
5. *JACOB LEMMON (Ft. Myers, Florida)
1)Florida Relays, State; 6)New Balance Nationals; 199-0

LIST LEADER Welsh was also undefeated and won NBN to sew up No. 1 (Although it has no bearing on the ordering here, note that he also threw the international disc 184-4 to move to No. 3 all-time.)… Larrison lost to Sobota at Iron Wood, but topped him at New Balance and easily had the best volume of any thrower, even though slowed by injury in late season… Last two spots to juniors Hudson & Lemmon based upon New Balance Nationals finish.

HAMMER
1. **TREY KNIGHT (Ridgefield, Washington)
1)Oregon Relays; 233-10 HSL
2. *JACOB FURLAND (Classical, Providence, Rhode Island)
1)State, New Balance Nationals; 217-10
3. IAN FROST (Knight, Elma, Washington)
1)Iron Wood; 218-5

NEARLY ALL MARKS came from hammer-only competitions in a down year for the event… Knight, though limited in volume, was easily at a level above everyone else. Furland had volume and titles. Frost had volume & won Iron Wood.

The javelin crown went to Tzuriel Pedigo who finished his season with World Junior silver. (GIANCARLO COLOMBO/PHOTO RUN)
JAVELIN
1. TZURIEL PEDIGO (Parkview, Baton Rouge, Louisiana)
1)Texas Relays, Oregon Relays, Penn Relays, Great Southwest; New Balance Nationals; 2)USATF Junior; 242-0 HSL
2. NICK MIRABELLI (Rancocas Valley, Mt. Holly, New Jersey)
1)State; 3)New Balance Nationals; 227-10
3. **SAM HANKINS (Manhattan, Kansas)
1)Kansas Relays, State; 5)New Balance Nationals; 220-9
4. **ZECHARIAH BLAKE (Curtis, River Ridge, Louisiana)
1)State, Iron Wood, 2)New Balance Nationals; 214-4
5. CARLAN NAISANT (Marcos de Niza, Tempe, Arizona)
1)State; 3)Great Southwest; 215-3

PEDIGO DOMINATED, with 11 meets over 225. Amongst the others, only runner-up Mirabelli had a throw over that barrier… Pedigo’s list-leader moved him to No. 3 on the all-time list… Both Mirabelli and Hankins had large volume of big throws, way more than others below them, with the New Balance placings favoring Mirabelli… Blake only lost to Pedigo and topped Mirabelli and Hankins at New Balance… Final ranker Naisant is the first Arizonan ever to score with the spear.

SPECIAL RECOGNITION
KYLE GARLAND (Germantown, Ft. Washington, Pennsylvania)—decathlon

THE NATION’s top 10-eventer had the year’s 2 highest scores, both made with the Junior-spec implements, winning the USATF Juniors at 7562 and taking 7th at the World Juniors at 7451. The former score moved him to No. 5 on the all-time lists with both the Junior and HS implements.

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