Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Zack Hill now No. 2 ever

Tonight in a dual meet at Kelloggsville, Allendale senior Zack Hill improved his shot put best from 66-2.75 to 66-6. That vaults him past Mike Sargent (66-3.5) and Ron Gatheright (66-3.25) on the all-time list, making him No. 2 ever in Michigan history. Now Hill is just six inches away from the all-time state record of 67-0 set by T.J. Duckett of Loy Norrix in 1999. More details later.

Monday, April 27, 2009

The Weekend Update for April 24-25

Fantastic weather on Friday brought a host of great marks. Saturday was a mixed bag, with storms striking many meets while they were in progress. The highlights:

JDs Invitational in Jackson on Friday.
Tyrone Green won the 100 for East Kentwood in 10.77. The depth we are seeing from East Kentwood makes me wonder if we aren't seeing a team that will dominate on the boys side the way Pioneer has dominated on the girls side. In the 4 x 200, EK clocked 1:27.74. In the 4 x 100, an apparent FAT timing malfunction forced officials to go with the backup hand times. EK had an eye-opening clocking of 41.5 (state record is 41.77 FAT). It is clear that East Kentwood has the depth and quality to be chasing records this season. Also, EK's Deonte Hurst took second in the 110s (14.97 to Scott Sansovich's 14.96) then won the 300s going away in 38.33... Catholic Central edged EK in the 4 x 4, 3:21.25 to 3:22.15... Jackson's Jaelynn Pryor doubled in state-leading hurdle marks of 15.17/44.80.

The Lukens Invitational on Friday. Lansing Eastern's Leroy Green (49.29) and Tavarrio Davis (49.40) lit up the 400, and then joined together on a 3:27.04... Dynasty McGee won a 57.44 lap, and a 26.26 in the 200... Pioneer frosh Katie Hoevet claimed an impressive triple, winning the 800 in 2:19.05, the 3200 in 11:08.90, and taking second in the 1600 at 5:13.99.

The West Bloomfield Invitational on Saturday: Megan Goethals ripped a 10:29.1 in the 3200, leaving Shannon Osika a half-lap behind... Madison Heights Madison senior Ryan Aaron exploded to a 6-10 in the high jump... Pinckney's Matt Wines won the 1600 in 4:17.9.

The Shumake Scholarship Relays on Saturday: Mike Atchoo went a little nuts, easily outlegging Tommy Brinn in the 1600, 4:16.84 to 4:20.65. Then he came back and won the 800 in 1:54.09... The lady hurdlers impressed as well, Bridgette Owens-Mitchell topping Christienne Linton, 14.22 to 14.36. Later on Linton won the 300s, 44.70 to 45.63... Mumford's Aisha Osborne won the 400 in a state-leading 56.35, and added the 200 win in 25.24... the best relays went to Mumford (1:41.64) and Romulus (3:54.86)... On the boys' side, Cass Tech took over the state lead in the 4x8 (7:59.52)... Lamphere's Steven Murphy took over the list lead in the long sprints at 21.82 and 49.26.

Other meets:
Kassie Powell of Durand leaped 11-7 at the New Lothrop Relays, not bad for a sophomore.
Zack Hill and teammate C.J. Koops of Allendale teamed up for a pair of significant meet records at the Grimm Relays in Wyoming Park--186-9 + 148-7 in the discus, and 63-11 + 48-2 in the shot. The shot combo broke a record set by the Van Elst brothers four decades ago.
Derek Peterman cleared a state-leading 15-8 at the Livonia City Meet.
Kari Prena lofted the disc to a state-leading 137-0 at the Walled Lake City Meet.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Zack Hill goes big: a monster 66-2.75 stunner!

The all-time state record in the shot put got its biggest scare in 10 years tonight in Allendale as hometown favorite Zack Hill boomed the 12-lb ball out to a massive 66-2.75, becoming the No. 4 thrower in Michigan history.

The state record of 67-0 by T.J. Duckett of Kalamazoo Loy Norrix in 1999 is clearly in jeopardy, as the season is young.

Throwing in a dual against Kent City, Hill opened with a 62-8.75. He added a foot to that with his second throw of 63-8. He improved again in round three with a 64-3.25. He perhaps pressed hard there, knocking on the door of the area record of 64-10.75 set by Middleville's Gary Van Elst 41 years ago. He fouled his next two throws before launching his amazing 66-2.75. That moves him to No. 5 on the yearly U.S. list.

In the discus, he started out with a scary two fouls. Then he powered a throw out to 143-0, before finishing with tosses of 181-6, 181-8, and 165-5. Our sources tell us he may be throwing college implements this weekend at Hillsdale's Gina Relays. The state records for the big stuff: 54-4.75 (Aaron Gowell-Shelby-1988) and 168-2 (Johnny Mitchell-Muskegon-1983).

Monday, April 20, 2009

The Weekend Update April 17-18

With perfect weather on Friday and Saturday, we saw the yearly lists get rewritten. What stands out the most? Hard to decide:
Sophomore Nick Kaiser of Temperance Bedford won the Mansfield Relays 800 in 1:54.30, a stunning time for this early in the season.
Stephen Walker, a senior from Midland Dow, won the Mansfield 3200 in 9:16.77 on Friday and came back Saturday to win the 1600 in 4:18.91.
Allendale senior Zack Hill threw a monstrous 64-7.5 in the shot at the Coopersville Invite, plus a 174-0 in the discus on what some say was an uphill-sloping field. Check out his blog at http://zacksthrowing.blogspot.com/.
Ashlyn Gulvas, a senior at Standish-Sterling, popped a huge 46-3 in the shot at her school's Sunrise Invitational.

Lots of great track, but maybe the most stunning performance came from Troy's 4 x 1600 relay team at the Balawajer Relays at Milford: 19:06, an average of 4:46.5 per runner. Not impressed? Consider that it was a coed relays, with two boys and two girls. Even taking into account that one of the guys was Mike Atchoo, the math still staggers the mind. They broke the meet record by 49 seconds. From Troy boys coach Eric Prowse, here are the splits: James Yau 4:21, Michelle Moriset 5:09, Mike Atchoo 4:18, Grace Green 5:18. Wow.

Friday, April 17, 2009

An everything update

After long silences on the blog, sometimes I am silent even longer because I can't decide where to start. Excuses? Recent news? A summary of Facebook status updates? Whatever. I've decided to put everything together in one nonsensical blog. Go:

Cliff's doing fine, surgery went well, he's at home and the recovery prognosis is great. Our best wishes to him and his family and all of his supporters in the Fremont running community... Early season track. Has anyone else realized that the massive changes and (some say) pending collapse of the newspaper industry as we know it means we're going to have a much harder time getting results of track meets around the state? Our coaches need to step it up. No longer is it fine just to fax results to the local paper. You need to get them online. Parents are going to demand it, especially when the local newspaper stops showing up on their porches...Zack Hill will probably be one of the big stories of the year. Last night he threw 62-5.25 and 174-8... I got my taxes done on 4/15. Whew!... At 201 pages and growing, the long-awaited history of the state XC finals is nearly here. This has been a pet project of mine for many years, and I am hoping to publish it in the summer. One of the highlights is that it will include complete team results from every state meet race ever, 1922 to the present. Still some holes to fill, however, and I am glad to get help. I don't have a detailed list of what I need at this point. However, if you have access to any official meet results prior to 1997, I would be thrilled to have a chance to look at them. Photocopies welcome. Scans can be emailed. If you have a decent digital camera, taking a high-resolution photo of the results and emailing me the pic would work. Contact me if you have info you think can help... Little noticed indoors, but Pioneer frosh Drake Johnson ran 8.49 for the 60 hurdles, a state freshman record. He's a prime candidate for the record outdoors, but we don't even have a record listed yet. Does anyone know of a sub 15-second FAT time in the hurdles for a 9th grader in this state?... The outdoor lists are going now, but the results flow has been thin. The newspaper websites are worse than ever at reporting times. The Grand Rapids area has been hit the hardest, and is hardly showing up on the lists at all. Help! ... And where did I go over spring break? Nowhere, but I entered uncharted territory by publishing my first novel, "Fire, Barbed Wire and Tacks." It will be available soon on Amazon.com. For now, you can find out more if you check out the Facebook group, or visit jeffhollobaugh.com.

That's all for now.