PRINCETON, N.J. -- He wasn't mentioned in the official scoring, but Averill Park (Averill Park, N.Y.) junior Rudy Winkler was yet another prep who had a killer performance against collegians and open athletes at the Sam Howell Invite this past Friday and Saturday.
Though his foes were throwing the collegiate/Olympic 16-lb. implement, Winkler was permitted to throw the 12-lb. prep hammer in this competition. He responded with a massive US#1 248-5 on his third throw, rocketing him all the way up to #4 on the all-time prep list. He trails only USR-holder Conor McCullough, Walter Henning, and Jake Freeman -- previous US record-setters, all.
Winkler's series began with a foul, then 242-0, 248-5, foul, 245-8, 245-1.
This past winter, Winkler won the New Balance Nationals Indoor weight throw with a US#1 80-11. Last year as a soph, he represented Team USA at the World Youth Champs (he placed ninth) and won NBN Outdoor, recording a best of 224-4.