Hammer Throwers Making Their Mark This Season

With three boys and four girls among the top 10 in the rankings, Rhode Island's hammer throwers have once again demonstrated their strength inside the circle this spring on a nation scale.

The Irv Black Invitational in Connecticut this past weekend was the latest example.

 Classical's Jacob Furland, who currently ranks No. 3 in the country, won the boys' individual title with a heave of 212 feet, 2 inches. Furland had two other 200-plus throws in the series with efforts of 211-0 and 204-4 . Finishing second and third, respectively, were Lincoln teammates Kyle Moison (206-4) and Matthew Thibaudeau (194-1).

In the girls' competition, Barrington's Annika Kelly earned gold with a distance of 175-7. She had two other throws exceed 170 feet with a 171-10 and a 172-10 in her series. She was followed by her Eagle teammates Faith Polando (second, 162-3) and Sydney Polando (157-10).