The 2016 Outdoor Heps Championships officially started at the top of the hour with the men’s hammer throw competition. We expect it to be a good competition between defending champion Rudy Winkler of Cornell, rookies Adam Kelly of Princeton and Owen Russell of Brown, and Dartmouth’s Colin Minor – the only men who have thrown farther than 200 feet this year. There will be two flights for all 16 competitors.
Interesting tidbit – Kelly and Russell frequently battled each other in high school as both of them attended high school in Rhode Island (Kelly – Barrington; Russell – Moses Brown).
The hammer throw will be the main action for the next hour, as the next event – the heptathlon 100m hurdles – is scheduled to start at 11am.
The men’s hammer record book is going to need massive upgrades, and we aren’t done with the preliminary rounds. Winkler broke the Ivy League record with his first throw of the competition – 245-10 – to break Princeton’s Conor McCullough’s mark of 242-10 and set a new NCAA leading mark, while Russell entered the record books with a new school record of 211-11.25 (8th in conference history). The competition is still ongoing and we expect more new entries to this event before it is done.
In the end, it was Winkler, Kelly, and Russell who set new personal records and impacted the Ivy League record book. Winkler ended up resetting the new conference and championship meet record to 246-05, breaking McCullough’s mark from the 2012 season. In fact, all five of Winkler’s legal marks rank among the top 10 in meet history – #1, #2 (245-10), #4 (232-00 1/2), #6 (228-11 1/2), and #7 (226-03 3/4). Kelly moved up to #5 all-time with his runner-up finish of 221-05 (#9 in meet history) while Russell is now #8 in conference history. Quite a final indeed.
================================================================================= Ivy League: # 242-10 2012 Connor McCullough, Princeton Championship: C 236-08 2012 Conor McCullough, Princeton IC4A: I 52.50m Name Year School Finals Points ================================================================================= Finals 1 Winkler, Rudy JR Cornell 75.10mI 246-05 10 68.98m 74.94m 75.10m 70.73m 69.79m FOUL 2 Kelly, Adam FR Princeton 67.50mI 221-05 8 62.53m 65.16m FOUL 65.23m 67.50m FOUL 3 Russell, Owen FR Brown 64.60mI 211-11 6 63.05m 64.60m 62.10m 61.37m 62.86m FOUL 4 Minor, Colin SO Dartmouth 61.16mI 200-08 4 FOUL 57.76m FOUL 51.30m 61.16m FOUL 5 O'Hara, Matthew SR Brown 60.15mI 197-04 2 59.19m 59.21m 60.15m FOUL 57.48m 57.60m 6 Youn, Vic JR Princeton 58.10mI 190-07 1 54.50m 57.45m 57.46m 56.54m 56.37m 58.10m
last updated – 12:15 pm
Winkler’s photo by Zeb Lang