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Youth Hammer Fund Announces Grant Recipients

Since 2005 the USATF Youth Hammer Throw Fund has awarded more than $24,000 in training grants to 24 youth boys and 28 youth girls. Awards are determined by a selection committee after reviewing each applicant’s application form which includes biographical information, training history, competitive statistical data, a brief essay describing his/her hammer throwing goals, and a letter of support from the applicant’s coach/parent. For the 2012 season 14 girls and 8 boys were awarded a USATF Youth Hammer Fund training grant. Athletes are may only to use the funds for specific hammer throw training and competition purposes. These grants are made possible due to the support of donations by individuals and the USATF Foundation.

Youth Boys

Name Age City Personal Best
Gabe Arcaro 16 Burlington, MA 166’4″
Jacob Beene 15 Gilbert, AZ 144’6″
Chase Carroll 16 Acworth, GA 171’4″
Brock Eager 15 Renton, WA 136’1″
Reuben Horace 17 Warwick, RI 194’7″
Charlie Ionata 17 Barrington, RI 169’11”
Colin Minor 15 Southport, NC 174’3″
Rudy Winkler 17 Sand Lake, NY 224’4″

Youth Girls

Name Age City Personal Best
Leah Colbert 16 Troy, MO 136’11”
Sabrina Gaitan 14 Kennesaw, GA 152’11”
Josie Hardin 16 Acworth, GA 139’6″
Cara McClain 17 Tracy, CA 165’5″
Molly McCullough 17 Mission Viejo, CA 129’2″
Lissette Mendivil 17 Vasalia, CA 142’3″
Monica Phillips 18 Marietta, GA 165’8″
Melanie Raterman 17 Warrenton, MO 135’2″
Haley Showalter 14 Lakewood, CO 106’5″
Avana Story 17 College Park, GA 158’3″
Kelli Thomas 16 Locust Grove, GA 148’7″
Katie Wardsworth 17 Spokane Valley, WA 123’8″
Sidnie Wilder 16 Cameron, WI 145’11”
Nyla Woods 15 Atlanta, GA 122’6″


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