Thursday, January 22, 2009

Dawson takes weight record back

On Monday, Saline senior Quinn Dawson held the state record in the 25lb weight throw for just a few minutes before Zack Hill took it away decisively, winning by nearly three-and-a-half feet. On Thursday, Dawson showed that the battle for weight dominance is anything but decided.

Throwing at the MITS meet at the University of Michigan, Dawson hit a state record 60-8.75 on his first throw, breaking Hill's mark of 59-1. In round two he went 61-5.75, a mark that ranks him 11th among American high schoolers. He finished off in fine style, with tosses of 61-2.5, 56-4, f, 61-5. That leaves him with the four best throws in state history.

We're not sure when Hill's next meet is, but we are looking forward to a great season with both young men pushing each other to greater achievements. As more young people try the new event, we're certain to see more surprises.

Incidentally, the throws aren't the only place we've seen action this season. Dynasty McGee is just four inches away from her own state record in the triple jump after her 37-0 on Wednesday in Saginaw. Chris Jimmerson of Okemos has leaped 6-10 and threatened 7-0. And Jordan Clark has blistered a 7.75 in the 60m dash. This promises to be a fun indoor season, no matter how cold it is outside. Stay tuned.

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