Monday News & Notes: Pounds (IN) Throws U.S.#1 Shot of 64-09.5; Annear (WI) Soars 6-11 in HJ

The weekend might be over but the coverage keeps on going, as results keep pouring in from the weekend.  In our weekly Monday News & Notes section we highlight a few meets, talk about this past weekend and what's to come this coming weekend.

Monday News & Notes Highlights
- Brandon Pounds (IN) throws U.S.#1 shot at 64-09.5 in Indiana
- Paul Annear (WI) lept 6-11 to earn a U.S.#3 ranking in the HJ
- Tim Fletcher (IN) leaps a U.S.#4 6-10 in high jump at IU
- Pennsylvania videos are up on Shump, Krais, Price and Iheoma
- Becky O'Brien (ME) throws U.S.#2 50-06 in shot put at USM
- The Simplot Games highlight the week ahead


Monday News & Notes (2/11)


Indiana TC High School Indoor Open (IN)


Brandon Pounds (IN) throws a U.S. #1 in the shot put at 64-09.5

(Photo by Kent Graham)

  While the results are still being finalized, a few big time performances stood out at this past Saturday's Indiana TC High School Indoor Open at Indiana University.  The most impressive mark of the day came from Brandon Pounds (Lawrence North, IN), who won the shot put in a new U.S. #1 mark of 64-09.5.  Pounds' mark eclipses the past U.S. #1 mark by just over a foot and a half.  Earlier in the week Pounds signed his national letter of intent with Indiana State University.  Brandon Pounds College Signing Article

  In the boys high jump, Tim Fletcher (Austin, IN) lept 6-10 to win the event, and tied for a spot as the fourth ranked high jumper in the country right now.  A few more notable performances came from D'Juan Richardson (Warren Central, IN) winning the 60m hurdles in 8.32, and coming back to win the 200m dash in 22.95.  While Pounds was stealing the show in the shot, Tyler Hiatt (Noblesville, IN) also threw a U.S. top ten mark with his second-place effort of 60-4, making him only the ninth athlete to break the sixty foot barrier this year.

Wisconsin USATF Indoor Championships (WI)

Wisconsin USATF Indoor Championship Results

  While most of the top athletes in Wisconsin have yet to really open up their '08 track and field seasons, a few top athletes competed at the Wisconsin USATF Indoor Championships at Carthage College Sunday.  Among those competing was Paul Annear (Sr., Richland Center, WI), who stole the show with his U.S. #3 high jump mark of 6-11.  Annear easily won the event and became yet another athlete to push the seven foot barrier this season.

  Two more U.S. top twenty-five marks came from Brea Goodman (Reedsburg, WI) and Marcus Smith (W. Allis Central, WI).  Goodman won the girls 3000m run with a time of 10:19.76, running it as a solo effort.  In the boys triple jump, Smith won the event with his mark of 46-04.25.  This meet was certainly a good opener for many athletes in Wisconsin.

Bob Gourley's Weight Throw Rankings

Bob Gourley's Weight Throw Rankings (Released 2/7)

  As usual, Bob Gourley's Weight Throw Rankings are the staple weight throw rankings in the country.  Each week Bob releases his lists and we want to make sure that his rankings get the press they deserve.  While a few more performances were established this weekend that aren't on the rankings yet, here are Bob's latest ones (released 2/7).

Pennsylvania Elite Events Videos


Chanelle Price (left) battles Ijeoma Iheoma at 400m

(Photo from

Karen Shump Throw / Ryann Krais Hurdles / Chanelle Price-Ijeoma Iheoma 400m 

  At the PTFCA Indoor Track Carnival this past Saturday, two new U.S. #1 marks were earned and two more U.S. top five performances occurred.  In the girls shot put, Karen Shump (PA) threw a U.S. #1 mark of 50-07.5, continuing her domination of the event this season.  In the 400m dash, Chanelle Price (PA) came back from her big win at the Armory the night before to win this event in a U.S. #1 mark of 55.32.  Price was not without competition however, as Ijeoma Iheoma (PA) ran 55.81 to place second, which ranks her at the U.S. #5 spot.  Closing out the top performances was Ryann Krais' (PA) 60m hurdles win.  Her time of 8.61 currently ranks her third in the country in the event.

  All three events are definitely worth checking out, as captured all three on video this past week.  Look above for links to the videos.

O'Brien Tosses U.S. #2 Shot 50-06 at USM (ME)

Western Maine Conf. Champs. Results

Becky O'Brien (ME) threw the second longest shot put mark of the season this past weekend at the Western Maine Conference Indoor T&F Championships.  Her toss of 50-06 leaves her only an inch and half shy of Karen Shump's U.S. #1 mark of 50-07.5.  O'Brien's mark also earned her the title as the first Maine female thrower over the fifty foot barrier.

The Week Ahead

  The Simplot Games (ID) highlight the week ahead.  Perhaps the most competitive high school indoor track and field meet outside of Nike Indoor Nationals/NSIC.  This year the Simplot Games host a handful of incredible match-ups that warrant national attention.  In the girls pole vault, U.S. #1 Shade Weygandt (TX) takes on U.S. #2 Rachel Laurent (LA).  These two athletes have battled before and this weekend should be a battle once again, hopefully producing a mark near the magical 14 foot barrier.

  While the girls pole vault highlights two of the best, the boys pole vault will do so as well.  U.S. #1 Nico Weiler (CA) takes on U.S. #7 Corey Shank (IN).  Weiler thus far is the only boy to break the 17 foot barrier this season.  A few more U.S. #1 ranked boys will compete as well.  Top miler Luke Puskedra (UT) tests his fitness, while Kendall Gregory (OH), who currently ranks #1 at 400m, tests his speed out on the fast Simplot Games track. 

  The deepest and perhaps most exciting event comes in the girls 60m hurdles, where a new U.S. #1 mark is bound to show, while the U.S. record may be challenged as well.  Jacquelyn Coward (TN), Jasmin Stowers (SC), Vashti Thomas (CA) and Julian Purvis (CA) headline the field.  Look for a deeper preview later in the week.