Results from the men’s and women’s hammer throw competitions on day 1 at the 2022 Virginia Challenge on Thursday, 21 April. The three-day meeting is at Lannigan Field and runs from Thursday to Saturday, April 21-23.

Former Iowa State thrower Vlad Pavlenko won the men’s contest with a throw of 71.90m (235-11) the third-best throw of his career, achieved in the sixth and final round of the competition.

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Pavlenko, who enjoyed a solid throwing series on the night had two other marks beyond 70m (71.09m and 71.42m), while also doing 70.54m and 70.90m in the contest.

Tyler Merkley of Penn State finished second with 70.95m with third place going to Pittsburgh senior Noah Walker who threw a personal best of 66.46m.

On the women’s side, Jamaica’s Nayoka Clunis continued her preparations for a possible appearance at the World Athletics Championships later this summer. The 26-year-old who is targeting the 72.50m world championships qualifying mark, was well below that standard on Thursday, but she came away with the victory after closing out her series with her best measure at 64.08m (210-3) in the sixth and final round.

Sara Killinen of Virginia Tech finished second with a throw of 63.31m, while third place went to Abigail Green of Army West Point with a throw of 60.80m.

2022 Virginia Challenge Hammer Throw – Day 1


1..Vlad PAVLENKO United States”..71.90m235-11″
2..Tyler MERKLEY Penn State [JR]”..70.95m232-9″
3..Noah WALKER Pittsburgh [SR]”..66.46m218-0″ PB
4..John HICKS Liberty [SO]”..65.50m214-11″
5..Collin BURKHART Penn State [FR]”..64.19m210-7″ PB
6..Jacob LEMMON Virginia [FR]”..62.59m205-4″ SB
7..Andrew HABERMAN NC State [SR]”..61.30m201-1″ PB
8..Evangelos FRADELAKIS Virginia [SR]”..60.81m199-6″
9..Jake DALTON Dartmouth [FR]”..60.04m197-0″
10..Marco RISI Army West Point [SR]”..59.72m195-11″
11..William CAULEY Princeton [JR]”..58.66m192-5″
12..Myles SCHRECK Dartmouth [SO]”..57.81m189-8″
13..Paul BRENNAN Princeton [JR]”..57.47m188-6″
14..Ian FROST Cornell [SR]”..57.28m187-11″
15..Deven MCNEAL Army West Point [SR]”..56.78m186-3″
16..Daniel AMAYA Pittsburgh [SO]”..56.62m185-9″
17..Cameron SMITH Army West Point [SO]”..55.93m183-6″
18..Phil COPPOLINO Cornell [FR]”..55.55m182-3″
19..Lance PENEGAR NC State [FR]”..53.09m174-2″
20..Brad MORELL Cornell [SO]”..52.65m172-9″ PB
21..Riley LARIVIERE Villanova [SR]”..52.24m171-5″
22..Duane KNISELY Penn State [SO]”..45.58m149-6″
“John FAY Virginia [FR]” DNS


1..Nayoka CLUNIS Jamaica”..64.08m210-3″
2..Sara KILLINEN Virginia Tech [SO]”..63.31m207-8″
3..Abigail GREEN Army West Point [SR]”..60.80m199-6″
4..Annika KELLY Princeton [SO]”..60.00m196-10″
5..Alice BARNSDALE Maryland [SR]”..59.55m195-4″
6..Gianna RAO Penn State [SR]”..58.09m190-7″
7..Emily FINK Army West Point [FR]”..57.73m189-5″
8..Chioma NJOKU Delaware [SO]”..57.28m187-11″ PB
9..Grace ARTIS Liberty [SR]”..56.79m186-4″
10..Phoebe PRICE-ROBERTS Cornell [JR]”..55.48m182-0″ PB
11..Moorea MITCHELL Duke [SO]”..55.35m181-7″
12..Jada MARSH Virginia [FR]”..55.05m180-7″ PB
13..Keeley SUZENSKI William & Mary [SO]”..54.98m180-4″
14..Georgia COLEMAN Towson [SR]”..54.74m179-7″
15..Naomi MOJICA Liberty [SR]”..54.72m179-6″
16..Sade MEEKS Villanova [SR]”..52.91m173-7″
17..Kamryn HENDERSON Maryland [SR]”..51.58m169-3″
18..Eva MUSTAFIC William & Mary [SR]”..51.06m167-6″
19..Bethany CLEMENT Delaware [JR]”..50.80m166-8″
20..Makala WRIGHT NC State [FR]”..50.28m164-11″
21..Piper KLINGER Penn State [JR]”..50.17m164-7″
22..Morgan JOHNSON Virginia [SO]”..47.47m155-9″
23..Caitlyn VESTER NC State [SR]”..45.63m149-8″
24..Foluke OLUJIDE-AJIBADE Pittsburgh [SO]”..45.36m148-10″
25..Chibuzo AMONU Monmouth [SR]”..44.19m144-11″
26..Kayla BEASLEY NC State [JR]”..42.78m140-4″
27..Gabby BRYAN FIU [SO]”..40.40m132-6″
..Lily LOCKHART Dartmouth [JR]” X
..Mahkayla HART NC State [FR]” X

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