Recap of July 17, 2021 Meet

Sunny skies and mild temperatures made for a perfect throwing day at Hammerman Field. This was out biggest meet of the season and there were some great competitions.

In the Men’s High School Hammer Throw, Joel Degracia took the title with a personal best of 170′ 7″. Kyle Clabough took second at 162′ 3″ – a PR. Diego Campos took third at 157′ 11″ – another PR. Justin Benzinger threw a PR of 169′ 3″ in the College division.

The Men’s High School Discus was also ultra-competitive as it had three Illinois state meet qualifiers in the final flite. Tony Zajac took the crown with a heave of 158′ 9″ to edge out Hammerman USA’s Dan Coxworth who threw 155′ 3″.



The following athletes set Hammerman field records  on July 17:

Athlete Club Age Group Distance

Hammer Throw

Joel Degracia Turner School of Throws High School  52.1 M
Annabel Thorstenson Unattached College 46.42 M

Shot Put

Julia Reglewski Boas Throwing Club High School 14.1 M


Daniel Capobianco Unattached Open 43.56



Jessica HeimsUnbeknownst to meet organizers, Paralympic athlete and world record holder, Jessica Heims, competed on Saturday. Jessica recorded a massive throw of 118′ in the Women’s Discus as a tune up for the Tokyo Olympics. Jessica, who has a prosthetic right leg, showed off the silky smooth form that has helped her set world Paralympic records in the Women’s Discus. Jessica, we will be rooting for you in Tokyo!

Our next Thrower’s League meet is set for July 31. Can’t wait to see everyone there!

Take a look at some of our winners from the July 17 meet.

Women’s Discus Winners

Girls Discus winners 7.17.2021
    Age Group Distance
1st Julia Reglewski 17-18 HS 43.09M
2nd Cassidy Clark 17-18 HS 41.86M
3rd Marla Hayes 17-18 HS 41.76M

Men’s Discus Winners

Boys Discus winners 7.17.2021
Age Group Distance
1st Tony Zajac 19+ 48.39M
2nd Daniel Coxworth 17-18 HS 47.32
3rd Sam Mika 17-18 HS 45.71M

Women’s Hammer Throw Winners

Girls Hammer Throw Champs 7.17.2021
Age Group Distance
1st Kadine Johnaon 19+ 53.27M
2nd Annabel Thorstenson 19+ 46.42M
3rd Kimberley Gadawski 19+ 46.15M

Men’s Hammer Throw Winners

boys' Hammer 7.17.2021
Age Group Distance
1st Joel Degracia 17-18 HS 52.10M
2nd Justin Bensinger 19+ 51.60M
3rd Kyle Clabough 17-18 HS 49.45M

Throwers are discovering the great competition held at Hammerman Field, Throwing Mecca of the Midwest! Competition is heating up in the Thrower’s League Standings. Visit the standings page to see your point totals!