70s rock

70s rock

Cumberland senior Cole Hooper, left, and Lincoln junior Kyle Moison wear All-American crowns after placing in the top six of the 25-pound weight throw on Sunday at the New Balance National Championships in Manhattan, N.Y. Moison took fourth place with a throw of 70-4 and Hooper finished fifth with a throw of 70-1.
Lions’ Moison, Clippers’ Hooper cop All-American honors in weight throw at New Balance Nationals

NEW YORK – Lincoln High junior Kyle Moison and Cumberland High senior Cole Hooper put exclamation points on their remarkable indoor track and field seasons on Sunday afternoon by earning All-American honors with their top-five finishes in the boys’ 25-pound weight throw at the New Balance National Championships at The Armory.

Moison, who captured the state and New England championships in the weight, delivered a throw of 70 feet, four inches, to place fourth out of 43 throwers, and Hooper, who recently signed a National Letter of Intent to continue his throwing career at the University of Wisconsin, also joined the 70-foot club with a throw of 70-3 that demolished the school record he set at last month’s state meet by 21½ inches.

Defending his national championship was Trey Knight of Ridgefield, Wash., who won the event with an 80-foot throw. He is the only athlete in the nation to reach the 80-foot mark, with his personal-best throw being 86-7½.

While Moison is still ranked second in the nation in the weight with his school-record throw of 74-10¾ that he unleashed at the state meet, Hooper became the 11th throw in the nation to reach the 70-foot mark. His throw on Sunday is currently the ninth-best in the country.

Moison, who is also the state champion in the shot put, also took part in that event in the Championship Division and finished 14th with a personal-best throw of 56-8. The winner was Aiden Felty of Billerica, Mass., whose throw was 66-8¾.

Also competing in the Championship Division’s girls’ 20-pound weight was Lincoln junior Jackie Andrews, who placed 17th. Her throw was 49-5¾.

In the Emerging Elite boys’ competition, Lincoln senior Jared Hemond took 22nd place in the weight with a throw of 53-6¼.