NSAF will return to Iron Wood for another Classic!
After a tremendously successful inaugural Iron Wood Throws Classic last year, the NSAF is returning to Coeur d'Alene, Idaho in 2017 -- this time for a two-day affair that is also expected to include the javelin.
With the help of the NSAF, Iron Wood camp founder Bart Templeman has said he would build a javelin runway and it's anticipated it will be ready for the event. Hence, with all four men's and four women's throws, the format of the event has extended to two days.
The beautiful lakeside community of Coeur d'Alene is 30 miles east of Spokane, WA, and home of the prestigious Iron Wood Thrower Development Camp. Dozens of the nation's top throwers have trained or competed there during the past 27 years. Meet/camp director Jarred Rome was a 2008-2012 Olympian in the discus and the preps invited to join us this year will again have a first-class experience competing side-by-side with many of the top USATF athletes. The NSAF will invite and fund athletes in each event, as it has done in the past here and when we were located in the Chicago area (Chicagoland Throws).
Stay tuned for more details this spring!
2016 in Review
The preps who competed with us last year at Iron Wood delivered some outstanding results, highlighted a mighty 74-4.5 shot put by NBNI champ Jordan Geist that stood as the national leader for the entire season. He won a great battle with Adrian Piperi (71-0), the NBNI runner-up who would later go on to win NBNO and represent Team USA at World Juniors. The Geist-Piperi rivalry has continued in '17 as both were juniors.
- Girls' Shot Put: Kathleen Young, a multiple NBN All-American who also triumphed in Cuba, scored the victory with one of her best marks of the year: 51-3.25. Her CSI teammate Khayla Dawson was 2nd at 47-10.75.
- Boys' Discus: US leader Terrell Adams backed up his status with a 204-9 triumph, his 2nd best mark of the year. Turner Washington, the NSAF's CSI Cuba champ, was 2nd with 196-3 as 4 exceeded 186 feet.
- Girls' Discus: Kiana Phelps, a 2-time Chicagoland Throws winner, made it a career three-peat in these NSAF events with her 167-9 triumph. She went on to win her first NBNO title and then made the World Junior final for Team USA.
- Boys' Hammer: The victory went to Kirk Unland from nearby Spokane, as he threw 210-7 to top the PR 206-0 from Matt Slagus.
- Girls' Hammer: Kamryn Brinson edged Maddie Rabing, 169-9 to 166-5.
- Men's Discus: Three-time NON disc/shot champ Mason Finley prefaced his Team USA Olympic berth with a PR 215-4. Andrew Evans was 2nd at 207-4.
- Women's Discus: 2008 Olympic champ Stephanie Brown Trafton triumphed with her 202-4, beating former Chicagoland champ Liz Podominick.
- Men's Shot Put: An upset, as Darien Moore scored a 66-8.5 PR to beat 70-footers Ryan Whiting, Jordan Clark and Darrell Hill.
- Women's Shot Put: Becky O'Brien, the 2008 NON champ, triumphed with a 57-4.25 -- ahead of CSI alum Jill Rushin at 55-11.25.
- Men's Hammer: Conor McCullough, who won NSAF titles and All-American honors while smashing records as a prep, topped 3-time Olympian A.G. Kruger, 237-9 to 235-5. McCullough would go on to become an Olympian himself a month later.
- Women's Hammer: Britney Henry ruled with a 221-0 performance, ahead of Taylor Bush's 211-7.