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Washington Wins Hammer National Championship with Record Throw

Washington Wins Hammer National Championship with Record Throw

CONTACT: Adam Sopris,, 518-629-7898 or 518-416-2137
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, May 9, 2019

Hudson Valley's student-athlete Elijah Washington (Ballston Spa/Ballston Spa) claimed the 2019 NJCAA Men's Outdoor Track and Field National Championship in the Hammer Throw event after hitting a school record mark of 49.38 meters on the final throw of competition today during day one of the NJCAA Track and Field Championships in Utica, NY.

Washington led the Vikings track and field program to its second straight NJCAA Region 3 championship on April 27-28 as he was named the Region 3 Field Athlete of the Meet for the second consecutive year. Washington won the hammer throw, shot put and the javelin. Elijah tossed the javelin 41.26 meters and posted a 45.50 meter throw in the hammer throw event. He also finished the shot put with a 13.50-meter toss. 

The Vikings outdoor track and field program continues to compete at the national championships until Saturday, May 11 at Mohawk Valley on May 11-12 in Utica, NY.