June 23, 2006
INDIANAPOLIS, IN –
University of Iowa freshman John Hickey (Piermont, NY) won the shot put at the 2006 USA Track and Field Junior National Championships in Indianapolis, IN, Thursday. His throw of 63-3 1/4 with the six-kilogram implement bested runner-up Eric Wersky, who competed unattached, by over a foot. With the win, Hickey qualifies to represent the United States at the IAAF World Junior Championships, Aug. 15-20 in Beijing, China.
Also competing for Iowa was junior Adam Hamilton (Milford, NH) and freshman A.J. Curtis (Brodhead, WI). Curtis placed ninth in the junior national shot put (56-0 1/2) Thursday after placing fifth in the discus on Wednesday. Hamilton, the 2006 Big Ten hammer throw champion, placed 24th in that event at the USATF Senior National Championships (193-0) Friday.
Men's Jr. National Shot Put (Top Five Plus Iowa Placers)1. John Hickey (Iowa) 63-3 1/42. Eric Werskey (Unattached) 61-73. Jason Lewis (Arizona State) 61-4 1/44. Benjamin Stephen (Unattached) 59-2 3/45. Andrew Oaker (Unattached) 58-0 1/29. A.J. Curtis (Iowa) 56-0 1/2
Men's Sr. National Hammer Throw (Top Five Plus Iowa Placers)1. A.G. Kruger (Ashland Elite) 248-92. James Parker (Unattached) 237-43. Thomas Freeman (New York AC) 235-94. Kibwe Johnson (Unattached) 235-95. Travis Nutter (Pacific Bay) 233-224. Adam Hamilton (Iowa) 193-0