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Hammer Throw Meet Records Crushed at 11th Irv Black High School Invitational Friday Meet

Created at 5/7/2016 8:51 AM  by Ron Knapp 
Last modified at 5/7/2016 8:51 AM  by Ron Knapp 

On Friday afternoon at the 11th Irv Black High School Invitational outside Veterans’ Stadium in Willowbrook Park in New Britain Connecticut the Boys and Girls meet records in the Hammer Throw were reset as two of the top throwers in the country persevered despite rainy cool conditions.

In the Girls 4kg Hammer Throw Varsity event, senior Lysah Russell of Classical HS in Providence RI found the right groove on her final preliminary throw to land a toss of 158’00” to eclipse the former meet record of 149-04 set by Karina Foster of Bloomfield in 2011. Although the distance was short of her best effort of 169’05” earlier this season, Russell’s throw demonstrated a strong effort similar to her competitors to overcome the rainy conditions.

The somewhat dryer conditions during warm-ups of the Boys 12lb Hammer Throw Varsity event indicated that the hardy fans in attendance would have the chance to see if senior Bobby Colantonio of Barrington RI would extend his US#1 mark of 243’06” this season. Fans and competitors were not disappointed as Colantonio used his first round attempt to unleash a monster toss of 250’09” to centerfield. His throw established a new meet record and US#1 mark this season as AJ Guerra of Woodstock Academy had set the previous meet record of 199’01” in 2010.

Complete results from all Friday events of the 11th Irv Black High School Invitational are available at the Results page.

The Results page also contains the weekly updates of the US Weight Performance List maintained by Bob Gourley.

Stay tuned for announcement of the photos and videos gallery of the Boys and Girls Hammer Throw events.


The Irv Black High School Invitational was renamed in honor of Irv Black, the former Meet Director and Head Coach of New Britain High School and founder of Northeast Sports Timing. The original Big B Invite was created by Coach Black in the 1970's as a multi-day invitational that offered more than the standard events. The meet was later renamed the Ernest Brainard Interscholastic Track and Field Meet and held at Trinity College for many years. After the passing of Coach Black in the summer of 2010, the meet was moved to the Willowbrook facility in New Britain where the stadium bears his name. The meet is under the guidance of a committee of several New Britain residents with ties to the former coach and friend. (See the additional news article about Irv Black at