Rudy Winkler — who will attend Cornell in the fall — broke the national high school record in the hammer throw today with a toss of 79.38 meters (260-5). The former record holder is the Heps record holder, Conor McCullough, formerly of Princeton.
McCullough has tossed the implement 79.24 meters (260-0) back in 2008 and Winkler nearly surpassed that twice today, first throwing 79.20 (259-10) prior to his record breaker at the Army Strong Hammer Meet at the United Stated Military Academy in West Point, N.Y.
Winkler — from Averill Park, N.Y. — was one of three from the Heps Nation to win U.S. Junior titles in Des Moines in June, joining Penn’s Thomas Awad (5k) and Harvard’s Autumne Franklin (400m hurdles). All three — along with Penn’s Brendan Smith (steeplechase) and Harvard recruit Jade Miller (400m hurdles) — will head to Medellin, Colombia, for the Pan Am Junior Championships in August.