Alyssa Wilson of Toms River, N.J. Breaks Girls Indoor National High School Shot Put Record

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Alyssa Wilson shot put champion.jpgAlyssa Wilson sets the new national high school shot put mark Tuesday night during The Armory's Eastern States Indoor Championships. Photo by John Neapolitan.

Congrats to Alyssa Wilson, whose fine shot putting resulted in this new shot put record. Special thanks to Nick Nicholas for this update and John Neapolitan for the photo of this fine young athlete. Another example of how deep athletics is in the U.S. and why we will be a global athletics power for a long time into the future.

NEW YORK, February 28, 2017 - Alyssa Wilson of Toms River, N.J. broke the girls' indoor national high school shot put record Tuesday night during the Eastern States Indoor Championships at The Armory's New Balance Track & Field Center.

Wilson, a senior at Donovan Catholic High School who will be attending UCLA next year, set the record with a 57'- 5 1/2" mark, surpassing Raven Saunders (Charleston, S.C.) previous mark of 56'-7 1/2" in 2014.

"I was a little shaky in the beginning, but I wanted to end my season strong before the New Balance Nationals and get a good throw in," Wilson said. "I'm extremely excited that I was able to break the national record.

"I've been going after that record the whole season and it's kind of like a weight off my shoulders."

Wilson is in exceptional company. Not only did she surpass Saunders, a 2016 Rio Olympian, but the person who held the record prior to Saunders is 2016 Olympic gold medalist Michelle Carter (Red Oak, Texas).

"It's great to be able to break (the record) and move on to the next level," Wilson said.

Wilson returns to The Armory on March 10-12 for the New Balance Nationals Indoor.

Click HERE for results on the Eastern States Indoor Championships.

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About The Armory Foundation: The Armory is a New York City non-profit institution, with the mission of "Keeping Kids on Track." Each season the Armory -- the proud home of the NYRR Millrose Games -- hosts more than 100 track & field meets and welcomes more than 125,000 athlete visits. Besides its many youth sports and educational programs, The Armory runs the Armory Track Invitational, U.S. Army Hispanic Games, Artie O'Connor College Invitational, Armory NYC Indoor Marathon Presented by the New York Road Runners, the New Balance Games, and the New Balance Nationals Indoors. The Armory is also the home to the National Track & Field Hall of Fame. For more: Please visit ArmoryTrack.com.

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