Hickey Wins Shot Put

June 23, 2006


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