Teams coordinated by Fred Baer, founder, Track and Field Writers of America. Boys selections by Jack Shepard, high school editor of Track and Field News.
Criteria included ranking on USA TODAY and Track and Field News national lists and the number of top performances, along with head-to-head competition during the regular season and in major postseason meets.
Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year: Noah Lyles, Williams (Alexandria. Va.)
Boys Track & Field Coach of the Year: Doug Soles, Great Oaks (Temecula, Calif.)
Below are the athletes selected for throws (shot put, discus, hammer, javelin). Returning ALL-USA selections are denoted with asterisks (*).
THROWS (shot put, discus, hammer, javelin)
School: Barrington, R.I.
Distances, Events: 251-2, HT
School: Knoch (Saxonburg, Penn.)
Distances, Events: 74-4 1/2, SP; 197-11, DT
School: Esperanza (Anaheim, Calif.)
Distances, Events: 71-7 1/4, SP; 204-4. DT
School: The Woodlands, Texas
Distances, Events: 73-5 1/4, SP; 204-3 DT
TRACKINGS: Geist led four shot putters who exceeded 70 feet with his 74-4 1/2 put ranking No. 6 all-time on a performer list still topped by Mike Carter’s legendary 81-3 1/2 record set in 1979 for Jefferson (Dallas). Colantonio is the fifth high school hammer thrower to surpass 250 feet.
School: Oxford, Mich.
Distances, Events: 68-10 3/4, SP; 204-2, DT
School: Academic Magnet (North Charleston, S.C.)
Distances, Events: 232-1, JT
School: South Portland (Maine)
Distances, Events: 71-1 1/2, SP