Monday, January 19, 2009

Hill hammers weight record by nearly 10 feet!! Flanary breaks record again!

Corrections and additional info: Zack Hill continued his banner season at MSU tonight by bettered the old state record in the 25-lb weight throw by nearly 10 feet. However, the first record of the night fell to Saline's Quinn Dawson, whose first-round 55-6 added more than six feet to the old record of 49-9.25 set by Carleton-Airport's Jake Stasa at the Sid Sink Open in Bowling Green last season.

Hill started out at 54-0, then went 57-11, for a new state record. He followed that with a 57-1.5 and a foul, then added two more records in his final two throws. A fifth-round 58-1.5 added another 2.5 inches to the mark, then he closed nearly a foot farther at 59-1.

Hill's winning throw on YouTube.

Meanwhile, Shana Flanary of Carleton-Airport broke her own state record by two inches with a toss of 45-5. Flanary's series was her best ever: 44-0, 44-3, 45-0, 45-5, 43-6. And her teammate, Austin Grant, broke the sophomore record for boys with an impressive 44-1. When the dust finally settled, all agreed it was a banner night for the new event.

Hill, who set another state record earlier this year with the big 16lb (college) shot, won the shot tonight at 60-0. Here's the YouTube video on that, thanks to the Hill family.

The weight throw will be a MITS championship event this season, giving Michigan throwers another chance to prove themselves to college recruiters. Hill's 59-1 ranks him =14 in the United States currently. Special thanks to Mark Hill, Zack's father, for his rapid reporting of results from ringside. Kudos to Ryan Flanary for additional information.

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