As we hit a little past the midway point of April, we hit the halftime point for many track and field programs across the country.
Let's take a look at what the nation has accomplished over that time in the throwing events. Current leaders in each event include:
- Boys Discus: Turner Washington, Canyon Del Oro (Az.), 217-5
- Boys Shot Put: Adrian Piperi, The Woodlands (Tx.), 74-11.5
- Boys Javelin: Curtis Stradley, Battle Ground (Wa.), 211-1
- Boys Hammer: Jared Briere, Woonsocket (RI) High, 205-2
- Girls Discus: Ashley Anumba, Los Osos (Ca.) 170-10
- Girls Shot Put: Alyssa Wilson, Donovan Catholic, 54-1.5
- Girls Javelin: Madison Wiltrout, Connellsville (Pa.) 173-10
- Girls Hammer: Joy McArthur, Dana Hills (Ca.), 199-6
On the boys side, the discus and shot put are being hotly contested by not just one but several athletes capable of bringing nation-leading marks on any given day. That includes Fort Bend Hightower (Tx.) senior Gabe Oladipo and Desert Vista (Az.) senior Elijah Mason in the discus and Knoch (Pa.) senior Jordan Geist in the shot put. Check out the top 200 rankings to see how close the competition truly is.
On the girls side, meanwhile, it's the same story. Five girls are within four feet of Anumba's top mark in the discus, while five others are eight feet from McArthur's top mark in the hammer throw. Wilson and Wiltrout have stronger holds on the lead in the shot put and javelin.
What will the next two months bring us? Click on the slideshow to see the top 200 athletes in each event so far this season.