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).

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