Saturday, January 3, 2009

Flanary breaks state record twice!

Throwing today in her first meet of the season at Ohio Northern University, Carleton-Airport sophomore Shana Flanary twice broke her own state record in the 20lb weight throw. Her old best of 43-7.5 she set as a ninth grader. Today she started out at 41-5.25, then scared her record with a 43-3. Her first record came on the next throw, a 43-11.75. She followed that with a 36-10.5 and 41-4.25, then unleashed a monster 45-3 on her final attempt.

Since the weight is still unfamiliar to many Michigan high schoolers, it's probably hard to understand how good these marks are. They're not just records because this is a new (or "weak" event). Her throws today should put the sophomore in the top 10 nationally (keep in mind that this is a common event on the East Coast. It is also an NCAA event, and this year will be contested in the MITS Championships. Anyone interested should find out more--there will be some clinic opportunities at some of the MITS meets so that interested athletes can try it.

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