Nike Outdoor Nationals
A National Scholastic Sports Foundation Event
June 16-17, 2006
North Carolina A & T University, Greensboro, NC

a DyeStat Featured meet

Boys Hammer Throw

Results - Story

Scary Moments for Walter Henning

By John Sullivan

Was there a bigger favorite at this year’s Nike Outdoor Nationals than St Anthony’s jr Walter Henning?  With more than 10 of the top throws this season and 20+ feet on the nearest competitor, you wouldn’t get much argument.  And his US Jr class record improvement 249-2 last Sunday was proof he was still on top of his game.

But a sector foul on his first attempt, a ring foul on the 2nd, and suddenly Henning was down to his last attempt to post a mark to move on to the finals. 

As he stepped in for his 3rd attempt, the consensus was he’d be able to “safely” qualify.  And sure enough, with only 3 spins instead of the usual 4, he let loose a long throw.  But he teetered to his left and the hammer sailed near the left sector line.  Suddenly the sure thing was no longer and a meet-ending foul seemed more likely.  But Henning regained his balance and the hammer thudded to earth on legal ground – and the 227-2 effort turned out to be good enough to advance to the finals.

But with this scare out of the way, Henning wasn’t done.  In the 4th round he improved to 239-0.  And a final heave of 247-0 for a new meet record completed his day.

Henning said in the moments after his win, “It was nerve-wracking to foul twice.  And almost on the safety throw.  But you do what you have to do – and I’m glad to get the National title. I was 3rd as a freshman and then 2nd at 213-4 last year.

“So I’ve improved a spot each year – not sure what that means for next year,” he joked.

And his season isn’t over.  “Next up are the Empire State Games (Olympic-style event in New York) qualifying on Tuesday, then the heavier 6K hammer at US Jr Nationals on Friday.”


by Pete Cava

Walter Henning, the prohibitive favorite in this event, found
himself in big trouble after two rounds. The junior from St. Anthony's High
School in South Huntington, N.Y., had fouled on his first two tries. One throw
was all that stood between him and a major upset. Henning made that throw count,
advancing to the final with a third-round measurement of 227-2. The effort
vaulted him past David Schiedt (Marietta, GA), the leader through the first two
It was Henning's show the rest of the way. He increased his advantage with a
239-0 toss in the fourth round. After a fifth-round foul, Henning unleashed a
throw of 247-0 that stretched his lead to 34-feet, three-inches.
It also gave him the meet record. The previous Nike Outdoor standard came in
1999, when Rhode Island's Jacob Freeman threw 242-9.
Schiedt came in second with a best of 212-9 while Michael Zajac (Lynchburg, VA),
placed third with a 208-0 measurement.


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                Nike Outdoor Nationals - 6/15/2006 to 6/17/2006                

                 North Carolina A+T University, Greensboro, NC                 



Boys Hammer Throw


    National: $ 253-03  5/29/1999   Jacob Freeman, Bishop Hendricken, RI       

        Meet: # 242-09  6/13/1999   Jacob Freeman, Bishop Hendricken, RI       

    Freshman:   201-01  6/4/2006    Conor Mc Cullough, Chaminade,West Hills,CA 

   Sophomore:   226-06  5/8/2005    Walter Henning, St. Anthony's, S Hnt, NY   

      Junior:   247-06  6/4/2006    Walter Henning, St. Anthony's,S Hunt,NY    

      Senior:   253-03  1999        Jacob Freeman, Bishop Hendricken, RI       

    Name                    Year School                  Finals           


Flight  1  

  1 Matthew Farley            07 Chaminade HS,Oyster     51.33m     168-05 

  2 Chip Clark                06 St. Anthonys HS,Bab     48.21m     158-02 

  3 Chris Grey                06 Tri Valley,Grahamsv     47.12m     154-07 

  4 Charlie Guzman            06 Danbury HS,Danbury,     46.70m     153-02 

  5 Beau Schmookler           06 Throw One Deep,Powd     46.00m     150-11 

  6 Tim Place                 07 Bishop Hendricke,Wa     44.81m     147-00 

  7 Nicholas Resendes         08 Bishop Hendricke,Wa     43.41m     142-05 

 -- William Krokey            07 Woodstock HS,Woodst       FOUL            

Flight  2  

  1 Dan Paladino              06 Wilson Memoral T,Mo     60.98m     200-01 

  2 Patrick Sampson           07 Bishop Hendricke,Mi     56.71m     186-01 

  3 Greg Davis                07 Throw One Deep,Peac     55.06m     180-08 

  4 Matt Megerdichian         06 Archbishop Mollo,Br     54.68m     179-05 

  5 Cody Cox                  07 Throw One Deep,Atla     53.90m     176-10 

  6 Darius Sileikis           06 Archbishop Mollo,Br     53.31m     174-11 

  7 Mitchell Gormley          08 Throw One Deep,Lawr     51.41m     168-08 

 -- Kyle Galle                06 Bishop Hendricke,Wa       FOUL            

 -- Tim Daly                  07 North Kingstown,Sau       FOUL            

Flight  3  

  1 Walter J Henning          07 St. Anthonys HS,Kin     75.28m     247-00 

  2 David Schiedt             06 Throw One Deep,Mari     64.85m     212-09 

  3 Michael Zajac             06 EC Glass HS,Lynchbu     63.41m     208-00 

  4 Eric Flores               06 Custer HS,Custer, S     62.51m     205-01 

  5 Wesley Wright             08 Throw One Deep,Vill     57.70m     189-04 

  6 Joseph Tiernan            06 North Kingstown,Nor     57.25m     187-10 

  7 Craig Pearce              07 Woonsocket HS,Woons     55.68m     182-08 

  8 Ryan Loughney             07 Tri Valley,Grahamsv     55.20m     181-01 

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