Campbell throws World Leader in Weight

Amber Campbell took over the world lead for the 2010 indoor season in the women’s weight throw Friday afternoon in a big weekend of throwing at the Armory.

Campbell, competing for Mjolnir, won the Millrose weight throw at 79-4.75 (24.20 meters), the longest throw in the world this season by 7 ½ feet. It also broke the previous Armory record, of 76-6.50.

Two other building throwing records were broken on the weekend, one of them one of the oldest on the Armory’s books.

Davis Fraker, a senior at McIntosh High School in Peachtree City, Ga., who competes for the Throw1Deep Club there, competed on Friday in the Millrose men’s weight throw and on Saturday evening as a guest competitor in the NYRR Saturday Night at the Armory series in the men’s shot put, both times throwing the international implement.

On Friday he threw the 35-pound weight 60-10, the fifth-longest ever by a prep and just short of Walter Henning’s building record of 62-1.50, set in 2006. The following night, competing against collegiate throwers, he put the big shot 59-0.75, good for second place in the competition and the second-longest ever by a high school student, behind the national high school record of 60-7.50, by Arnold Campbell of Louisiana in 1984.  

That 16-pound shot mark obliterated the Armory record – admittedly an event rarely contested in the building by high school athletes – of 42-10.50 set by David Adelman of New Utrecht H.S. of Brooklyn 85 years ago, in 1925. Adelman went on to Georgetown University, where he won the Penn Relays shot in 1929 and 1930.

In Saturday’s shot competition, Fraker was second to Tyron Benjamin of Morgan State, who won with a lifetime best of 60-4 ¾, breaking his own national record for the Caribbean nation of Dominica. Benjamin’s previous best was 59-1.25.

Campbell becomes the second world leader of the 2010 season for the Armory. The others are in the women’s mile (Erin Donohue 4:28.92) and the men’s mile (Andy Baddeley 3:55.64).

The other new Armory record from the weekend came from Jake Freeman, of the New York AC, who won the Millrose men’s weight throw at 77-4, breaking his own building record by 2 feet. It is 9 inches short of the current 2010 world-leading mark, by American A.G. Kruger.


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