Among the frequently asked questions directed to us here at HepsTrack is — “Where is Conor McCullough?”
A few years ago, the Californian tore through the national high school recordbook. He actually threw a scare into the crowd at The Armory by tossing weight throw bombs that initially appeared like they might make it to the seats beyond the landing area.
With much fanfare, McCullough arrived at Princeton, but didn’t compete during the indoor season, focusing on the hammer throw and the World Junior Championships ahead. At Outdoor Heps — his only League championship appearance — he promptly broke the long-standing League record.
Seemingly a shoe-in for All-America status as a freshman, McCullough opted to sit out the NCAA Championships in order to train for the Worlds. Why? Because the junior hammer weighs less than the college implement, thus the training for international competition could prove problematic.
So he went to the IAAF Championships in Canada in 2010, broke the American Junior Record and won his first world championship.
Since then, well? He hasn’t returned to Princeton. Although his original plan was to rejoin the Tigers, his name remains absent from the recently published 2011-12 team roster.
We had not seen his name show up at meets for the most part, until Jesse Squire, best known as the Track Super Fan, sent us a note of his whereabouts this afternoon. Over the weekend McCullough won the hammer throw at the Irish national championships at Morton Stadium in Santry, north of Dublin. His winning mark of 72.67 (238-5) would have won two of the last five NCAA titles and been within six inches of victory in two others.
The Athletics Association of Ireland website today pointed out that McCullough has three years of collegiate eligibility remaining, but did not mention what he intended to do with them. There are also some photos of McCullough at the bottom of the story.
And we hope to see him again soon.