USATF Throws Festival — More Big Bombs By Ryan Crouser

With puts of 75-6 and 75-0 Ryan Crouser became the first ever to hit 75 twice in a series. (PAUL MERCA)

TUCSON, ARIZONA, May 22—At the USATF Throws Festival, Olympic champion Ryan Crouser once again clarified his dominance over the world’s best shot putters, heaving the 16-pounder out to a PR 75-6 (23.01), the longest throw on the planet in exactly 32 years, and the second-longest of all time, just 2 inches (5cm) away from Ulf Timmermann’s list leader.

Crouser, the first thrower of the day, cast his shadow over the competition early with a 73-7½ (22.44) opener. The best response came from reigning world champ Joe Kovacs at 69-9¾ (21.28). Crouser followed with a 74-1½ (22.59) and 72-10 (22.20) before fouling round 4. Then came the bombs. The winning throw came in round 5, a powerful drive perfectly in the middle of the zone. Crouser knew immediately and was exuberant before the measurement came in.

Then he followed with a 75-0 (22.86) toss to close out the day. It was the first time in history that anyone has topped 75-feet twice in a series (see chart).

Kovacs improved to 72-3¾ (22.04) for 2nd, as Darrell Hill (71-9½/21.88) and Tom Walsh (70-11¼/21.62) also topped 70.

The performance came after Crouser had won on Thursday in the same circle, topping Walsh at the Tucson Elite Classic with a 74-1¾ (22.60). The Kiwi had thrown 71-2¾ (21.71). (Continued below)



Crouser wasn’t the only highlight of the top-level meeting of muscle. Arizona State’s Dutch import Jorinde van Klinken also thrived twice in Tucson. In the Thursday meet the Sun Devil grad student had PRed three times, ultimately moving to No. 2 on the all-time collegiate list with her national record 216-4 (65.94). This time, with a friendly wind, she PRed twice more, hitting 219-10 (67.00) in the fourth round and 230-4 (70.22) in the fifth. The latter was more than just a PR, however, it was also a Collegiate Record, finally taking down the 221-5 (67.48) set by Arizona’s Meg Ritchie way back in ’81. Shadae Lawrence set a Jamaican Record 219-11 (67.05) in 2nd.

The women’s hammer brought together the top U.S. talent in a Trials preview of sorts. Foul throws were the order of the day as the top 3 produced 10 of them, but good marks abounded. Janee’ Kassanavoid led early with her 247-8 (75.50) in round 1. Then in round 4, Gwen Berry hurled a 251-11 (76.79), followed by Brooke Andersen moving into 2nd with her 250-6 (76.36).

Deanna Price had to work through some fouling issues but in round 5 went 248-11 (75.88) to move into 3rd. Kassanavoid ended up 4th after not improving on her opener, but did move to No. 5 on the all-time U.S. list.

The men’s hammer also foreshadowed a competitive men’s event to come in Eugene, as Rudy Winkler went 267-2 (81.44) to win with his No. 2 throw ever. He added a 266-3 (81.17) for good measure. Joining him — with new PRs beyond the Olympic standard — were Sean Donnelly (260-1/79.27) and Daniel Haugh (259-3/79.03) as they became Nos. 6 and 10 on the all-time U.S. list.

Resurging Maggie Malone nailed a PR in the javelin, her round 4 toss of 209-4 (63.81) promoting her to No. 4 American ever. Curtis Thompson topped Riley Dolezal in the men’s spear, hitting a list-leading 267-2 (81.44) to Dolezal’s 262-0 (79.86).

The only non-throws contested were a pair of high jumps. Vashti Cunningham cleared an outdoor-AL 6-6¼ (1.99) to top the 6-5 (1.96) PR of Jelena Rowe. For the men, Shelby McEwen impressed with a PR 7-7¾ (2.33).


USATF THROWS FESTIVAL MEN’S RESULTS

(Continental Tour Silver)

HJ: 1. Shelby McEwen (US) 7-7¾ (2.33) PR (6-10¾, 7-½, 7-2½, 7-3¾, 7-5, 7-6 [2], 7-7¾) (2.10, 2.15, 2.20, 2.23, 2.26, 2.29 [2], 2.33);

2. Django Lovett (Can) 7-6 (2.29); 3. Sang-Hyeok Woo (SK) 7-5; 4. tie, Jeron Robinson (US) & Justice Summerset (US) 7-2½ (2.20); 6. Jamal Wilson (Bah) 7-2½; 7. Trey Culver (US) 7-½ (2.15); 8. Javen Reeves (US) 7-½; 9. Stefan Duvivier (Can) 6-10¾ (2.10); 10. Roderick Townsend (US) 6-10¾; 11. Kris Kornegay-Gober (US) 6-8¾ (2.05).

Shot

SP: 1. Ryan Crouser (US) 75-6 (23.01) PR (WL, AL) (1, 1 A—superior to 75-2/22.91 Joe Kovacs [Vel/NYAC] ’19 & Crouser ’20) (inferior to ratified AR 75-10¼/23.12 by Randy Barnes) (2, 2 W) (73-7½, 74-1½, 72-10, f, 75-6, 75-0 [x, =8 W; x, =5 A]) (22.44, 22.59, 22.20, f, 23.01, 22.86);

2. Joe Kovacs (US) 72-3¾ (22.04) (69-9¾, 72-3¾, 70-6¼, 70-6½, f, f) (21.28, 22.04, 21.49, 21.50, f, f);

3. Darrell Hill (US) 71-9½ (21.88) (f, 69-10¾, 68-8½, 69-1½, 68-1, 71-9½) (f, 21.30, 20.94, 21.07, 20.75, 21.88);

4. Tom Walsh (NZ) 70-11¼ (21.62) (69-3½, 68-8, 69-9½, 70-11¼, 69-1¼, 70-9¼) (21.12, 20.93, 21.27, 21.62, 21.06, 21.57);

5. Chuk Enekwechi (Ngr) 69-6¼ (21.19); 6. Josh Awotunde (US) 69-6 (21.18); 7. Nick Ponzio (US) 69-1½ (21.07); 8. Dotun Ogundeji (Ngr) 68-½ (20.74); 9. Tim Nedow (Can) 66-6½ (20.28); 10. Payton Otterdahl (US) 66-5¼ (20.25); 11. Roger Steen (US) 65-8¼ (20.02) PR; 12. Jordan Geist (US) 65-¾ (19.83); 13. Nikólaos Skarvélis (Gre) 65-½ (19.82); 14. Curtis Jensen (US) 64-6½ (19.67).

Discus

DT: 1. Alex Rose (Sam) 221-5 (67.48) NR (202-3, 215-2, 213-5, 198-4, 215-7, 221-5) (61.65, 65.59, 65.06, 60.45, 65.71, 67.48);

2. Fedrick Dacres (Jam) 213-11 (65.20); 3. Brian Williams (US) 206-7 (62.96); 4. Sam Mattis (US) 205-11 (62.77); 5. Kord Ferguson (US) 205-11 (62.76); 6. Josh Syrotchen (US) 199-1 (60.68); 7. Jordan Young (Can) 199-1 (60.68); 8. Duke Kicinski (US) 197-9 (60.28); 9. Jason Harrell (US) 195-0 (59.44); 10. Kai Chang (Jam) 192-7 (58.71); 11. Reggie Jagers (US) 191-10 (58.47); 12. Ben Hammer (US) 191-5 (58.35); 13. Jared Schuurmans (US) 189-5 (57.74); 14. Colin Quirke (Ire) 182-11 (55.77).

Hammer

HT: 1. Rudy Winkler (US) 267-2 (81.44) (x, 11 A) (242-9, 248-8, 267-2, f, 266-3, f) (74.00, 75.80, 81.44, f, 81.17, f);

2. Sean Donnelly (US) 260-1 (79.27) PR (6, x A) (243-2, f, 260-1, f, 252-2, 255-2) (74.12, f, 79.27, f, 76.87, 77.79);

3. Daniel Haugh (US) 259-3 (79.03) PR (10, x A) (253-3, 254-6, 250-10, 259-3, 257-4, f) (77.20, 77.59, 76.46, 79.03, 78.45, f);

4. Alex Young (US) 252-10 (77.07) PR (246-5, 246-11, 240-8, f, 252-10, 246-7) (75.10, 75.27, 73.37, f, 77.07, 75.17);

5. Brock Eager (US) 248-10 (75.84) PR; 6. Conor McCullough (US) 245-11 (74.97); 7. Morgan Shigo (US) 244-4 (74.47); 8. Michael Shanahan (US) 239-0 (72.84); 9. Roberto Sawyers (CR) 228-7 (69.68); 10. Isaiah Rogers (US) 226-5 (69.01) PR; 11. Jordan Crayon (US) 219-9 (66.99); 12. Israel Oloyede (US) 218-4 (66.54);… 3f—Denzel Comenentia (Neth).

Javelin

JT: 1. Curtis Thompson (US) 267-2 (81.44) (AL) (258-5, 267-2, 255-6, 244-11, 245-5, f) (78.76, 81.44, 77.88, 74.66, 74.80, f);

2. Riley Dolezal (US) 262-0 (79.86); 3. Ethan Shalaway (US) 254-10 (77.67) PR; 4. Carlos Armenta (Mex) 252-7 (76.98); 5. Michael Shuey (US) 250-2 (76.27); 6. Denham Patricelli (US) 247-7 (75.46) PR; 7. David Carreon (Mex) 245-10 (74.94); 8. Sam Hardin (US) 240-0 (73.17); 9. Marc Minichello (US) 232-4 (70.82); 10. Justin Carter (US) 226-8 (69.09); 11. Parker Spearman (US) 210-11 (64.30); 12. Nick Howe (US) 207-3 (63.17).

USATF THROWS WOMEN’S RESULTS

HJ: 1. Vashti Cunningham (US) 6-6¼ (1.99) (out AL) (6-1½, 6-2¾ [2], 6-5 [3], 6-6¼, 6-7 [xx]) (1.87, 1.90 [2], 1.96 [3], 1.99, 2.01 [xx]);

2. Jelena Rowe (US) 6-5 (1.96) PR (5-11½, 6-1½ [2], 6-2¾, 6-5) (1.82, 1.87 [2], 1.90, 1.96); 3. Rachel McCoy (US) 6-4 (1.93) =PR; 4. Inika McPherson (US) 6-2¾ (1.90); 5. Shelley Spires (US) 6-1½ (1.87); 6. Ty Butts-Townsend (US) 6-1½; 7. Amina Smith (US) 5-11½ (1.82); 8. Nicole Greene (US) 5-11½; 9. Priscilla Frederick (Ant) 5-9¾ (1.77); 10. Krystle Schade (US) 5-9¾.

Shot

SP: 1. Jessica Woodard (US) 61-10¼ (18.85); 2. Jessica Ramsey (US) 61-1½ (18.63); 3. Sarah Mitton (Can) 60-6¾ (18.46); 4. Lloydricia Cameron (Jam) 59-4 (18.08); 5. Jorinde van Klinken (Neth) 59-3 (18.06) PR; 6. Rachel Fatherly (US) 57-9 (17.60); 7. Haley Teel (US) 55-11¼ (17.05); 8. Ivana Gallardo (Chl) 54-10 (16.71).

Discus

DT: 1. van Klinken (Neth-AzSt) 230-4 (70.22) NR, CR (old CR 221-5 | 67.48 Meg Ritchie] [Az] ’81) (WL) (216-3 [x, 4 C], f, 206-0, 219-10 NR [2, 2 C], 230-4, 205-11) (65.91, f, 62.79, 67.00, 70.22, 62.76);

2. Shadae Lawrence (Jam) 219-11 (67.05) NR (195-4, 197-0, 209-1, 214-9, 219-11, f) (59.54, 60.04, 63.72, 65.47, 67.05, f);

3. Kelsey Card (US) 207-3 (63.18); 4. Rachel Dincoff (US) 204-8 (62.39); 5. Chioma Onyekwere (Ngr) 203-0 (61.89); 6. Gabi Jacobs (US) 199-11 (60.93) PR; 7. Alex Collatz (US) 193-8 (59.02); 8. Micaela Hazlewood (US) 192-9 (58.76); 9. Jeré Summers (US) 184-3 (56.17); 10. Summer Pierson (US) 174-5 (53.17);… 3f—Whitney Ashley (US).

Hammer

HT: 1. Gwen Berry (US) 251-11 (76.79) (239-7, f, f, 251-11, f, f) (73.03, f, f, 76.79, f, f);

2. Brooke Andersen (US) 250-6 (76.36) (242-11, 237-2, f, 250-6, f, f) (74.04, 72.28, f, 76.36, f, f);

3. DeAnna Price (US) 248-11 (75.88) (f, f, 221-1, f, 248-11, 241-8) (f, f, 67.39, f, 75.88, 73.67);

4. Janee’ Kassanavoid (US) 247-8 (75.50) PR (5, x A) (247-8, 240-9, 236-0, 241-1, 240-6, f) (75.50, 73.38, 71.95, 73.48, 73.31, f);

5. Annette Echikunwoke (Ngr) 247-8 (75.49) NR; 6. Lauren Bruce (NZ) 238-6 (72.70); 7. Erin Reese (US) 227-11 (69.47); 8. Lara Boman (US) 223-11 (68.26); 9. Whitney Simmons-Grub (US) 213-2 (64.97); 10. Michaela Dendinger (US) 210-4 (64.11); 11. Jillian Weir (Can) 210-4 (64.10); 12. Agnė Lukoševičiūtė (Lit) 207-0 (63.10); 13. Christina MacDonald (US) 184-2 (56.13).

Javelin

JT: 1. Maggie Malone (US) 209-4 (63.81) PR (AL) (4, x A) (f, 148-11, 172-7, 209-4, 197-7, f) (f, 45.39, 52.60, 63.81, 60.22, f);

2. Ariana Ince (US) 202-3 (61.64) (184-8, 191-8, 176-2, 202-3, 183-8, 186-0) (56.29, 58.42, 53.70, 61.64, 55.98, 56.71);

3. Liz Gleadle (Can) 201-5 (61.41) (201-5, 182-1, 191-4, f, f, 186-7) (61.41, 55.51, 58.33, f, f, 56.89);

4. Kara Winger (US) 200-0 (60.97) (190-2, 194-3, 188-1, 198-7, 192-5, 200-0) (57.96, 59.22, 57.34, 60.52, 58.66, 60.97);

5. Avione Allgood (US) 188-0 (57.31); 6. Luz Mariana Castro (Mex) 176-10 (53.90); 7. Katie Reichert (US) 173-5 (52.87); 8. Chantae McMillan (US) 163-1 (49.70).