Sam Felton, former College track star now attending the Business School, threw the 16-pound hammer 187 feet, 7 1-4 inches during the annual spring games of the New York Athletic Club at Travers Island Saturday. Felton's toss, which broke the meet record of 185 feet, 1 inch set by the late Matt McGrath in 1913, was the longest hammer throw by an American in 37 years.
Felton, a six-foot-two 190-pounder, established the record in a damp and windy setting. An official called a foul on another heave which would have broken all records by an American and Felton was surprised at the call. Reporters at the meet said it was "almost invisible" it Felton's foot stepped over the seven-foot circle. The invalid throw measured 190 feet, 2 1-2 inches.