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Will Claye

William (“Will”) Claye is an American track and field athlete who competes in both the long jump and triple jump. 

Will Claye is one the world’s greatest all-time jumpers – triple jump and long jump. His 2019 triple jump of 18.14m (59' 6") was the best in the world last year and the third longest triple jump in history.

Will is a two-time Olympian (2012 and 2016), and he is the last jumper to win medals in both the long jump (bronze) and triple jump (silver) at the same Olympics (2012, in London). No other jumper had achieved that feat since Naoto Tajima of Japan at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. At the 2016 Rio Olympics, Will repeated his silver medal in the triple jump.

While competing for the NYAC, Will won a silver medal in the triple jump at the 2019 Outdoor Track & Field Championships held in Doha, Qatar.

When not competing in the jumps at an elite international level, Will is producing hip hop music and designing clothing (“Elevate”).

Career Highlights

  • 2019 - Silver Medal, World Outdoor Championships - Triple Jump
  • 2018 - World Indoor Champion - Triple Jump
  • 2017 - Silver Medalist, World Championships - Triple Jump
  • 2016 - Silver Medal, Olympic Games - Triple Jump
  • 2013 - Bronze Medal, World Championships - Triple Jump
  • 2012 - Silver Medal, Olympic Games - Triple Jump
  • 2012 - Bronze Medal, Olympic Games - Long Jump
  • 2012 - World Indoor Champion - Triple Jump
  • 2011 - Bronze Medal, World Championships - Triple Jump

Kibwé Johnson

Kibwé Johnson

Kibwé Johnson is an American track and field athlete who specializes in the hammer throw. Kibwé has represented the United States at the World Championships in Track & Field four times (2007, 2011, 2015 and 2017). Kibwé competed in the 2012 London Olympics where he made the final. No American had made the final since 1996. Kibwé also competed in the hammer at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

Career Highlights

  • 1 x In Top 8 at Olympic Games
  • 2 x Pan American Games Winner
  • 1 x Pan American Games Silver Medalist
  • 4 x National Champion
  • 1 x National Indoor Champion
  • 1 x In Top 8 at World (Continental) Cup

Personal Bests

Event Result Venue Date
Hammer Throw 80.31m Eugene, OR June 23rd, 2011

Joe Kovacs

Joseph Mathias Kovacs is an American track and field athlete who competes in the shot put. He has a personal best of 22.91m outdoors and 21.46m indoors. Joe is a 2019 and 2015 world outdoor champion, a 2016 Olympic silver medalist and 2017 world outdoor championships silver medalist. At the 2019 Track & Field World Championships held in Doha, Qatar, Joe won what has been deemed the “greatest shot put competition in history” when he hurled the shot 22.91m – a massive personal best, a world championship meet record, an NYAC Club record, the third longest toss in history and the longest throw in the world since 1990. Joe beat his next two closest competitors by one centimeter, and he did it on his last throw of the night. Joe is coached by his wife, Ashley Kovacs, an accomplished shot putter herself; she was the 2019 “throws coach” for Team USA and is presently the “throws coach” for the Ohio State Track & Field Team.

Career Highlights

  • 2 x World champion
  • 1 x Olympic Games Silver medalist
  • 1 x World Championships Silver medalist
  • 1 x World (Continental) Cup Bronze medalist
  • 7 x Diamond League meeting winner
  • 2 x National champion
  • 1 x Diamond Trophy winner

Personal Bests

Event Result Venue Date
Shot Put 22.91m Doha (Qatar) October 5th, 2019
Shot Put (indoor) 21.46m Albuquerque, NM February 23rd, 2014

Sam Mattis

Sam Mattis is an American discus thrower.

Sam was a two-time New Balance National Champion in high school and finished his high school career with the New Jersey state record and the fifth best throw in high school history.

At the University of Pennsylvania, Sam continued his discus career with four consecutive Ivy League Championship titles, the 2015 NCAA National Championship title, the American Collegiate record in the discus and was named the 2015 NCAA Scholar Athlete of the Year.

After graduating cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, Sam turned down an offer from JP Morgan to pursue his dream of making an Olympic podium.

Career Highlights

  • 2019 US National Champion
  • 2019 World Championship Finalist (Doha, Qatar: finished 11th)
  • Two-time New Balance High School National Champion
  • Four-time Ivy League Champion
  • Three-time NCAA All American
  • Four-time USTFCCCA Academic All-American
  • 2015 NCAA National Champion
  • 2015 NCAA National Scholar Athlete of the Year
  • Personal Best: 67.45m

Conor McCullough

Conor McCullough

Conor McCullough is an American hammer thrower and weight thrower.

Conor won the 2015 NCAA outdoor title, defeating the field by 17 feet and recording the longest throw by a collegiate athlete since May 2002. He is a two-time medalist at the junior world championships, including gold in 2010 and silver in 2008.

Connor won the US Indoor National Championship in the weight throw in 2018 and 2020. His 25.31m/83' 0.5" toss at the 2020 championships made him #3 on the all-time US performer list in the event. Conor was the runner up in the weight throw at the Indoor Championships in 2019.

Conor won the national championship in the hammer throw in 2019, while throwing a personal best of 78.14m (making him the #3 American hammer thrower all-time).

Conor competed for Team USA at the 2019 Track & Field Championships in Doha, Qatar (where he finished 12th in the hammer throw), and he competed alongside NYAC teammates Kibwe Johnson and Rudy Winkler in the hammer throw at the 2016 Rio Olympics. His father, Conor, represented Ireland in the hammer throw at the 1984 and 1988 Olympic Games.

Personal Bests

Event Result Venue Date
Hammer Throw 77.20m Edmonton, Canada July 6th, 2014
Hammer Throw (6kg) 80.79m Moncton, Canada July 25th, 2010
Hammer Throw (5kg) 77.67m Greensboro, NC July 28th, 2009
Weight Throw (indoor) 24.48m Fayetteville, IN March 13th, 2015

Rudy Winkler

Rudy Winkler

Rudy Winkler is an American track and field athlete who competes in the hammer throw and weight throw. While an undergraduate at Cornell, Rudy was a three-time NCAA First Team All-American; he was named NCAA Northeast Region Field Athlete of the Year three times and the Ivy League's Most Outstanding Performer in 2014 and 2015. He captured the 2017 NCAA hammer throw crown with a toss of 74.12m (243' 2"). In 2016, Rudy recorded his personal record in the hammer at the perfect time: the 2016 United States Olympic Trials. His toss of 76.76m (251' 10") earned him the win at the Trials and a trip to the Rio Olympics in 2016 where he placed 18th. As a graduate student at Rutgers University in 2018, he was named a First Team All-American in the Hammer Throw; he was the USTFCCCA Mid-Atlantic Region Field Athlete of the Year, the Big Ten Hammer Throw Champion and was named First Team All-Big Ten.

Rudy holds personal bests of 76.76m (251' 10") for the hammer throw and 22.82m (74' 10 1/4") for the weight throw. He has been the USA National Champion in the hammer throw in 2016 and 2018.

Michael Shuey

Michael Shuey is an American track and field athlete competing in the javelin throw. In a dramatic finish, Michael won the 2019 national championship. He uncorked a then lifetime-best throw of 82.85m (271' 10") on the final attempt of the competition. (It was the farthest throw by an American since 2017). Michael recently threw even further – a new personal best of 83.21m while competing for Team USA in September 2019. 

Michael is a 2017 graduate of Penn State University, where he was an All-American and Big Ten Champion (in multiple years).

Michael competed for Team USA in the men’s javelin at the 2019 Pan American Games where he finished fourth, and at the 2019 Outdoor Track & Field World Championships in Doha, Qatar where he made the finals and finished eleventh.