Saturday, May 2, 2009

The Weekend Update for May 1-2

West Ottawa Relays on Saturday: Zack Hill finally nailed it, throwing 67-0.5 to break the all-time Michigan state record in the shot put. The big one came on his fourth and final attempt, after a 63-10, 64-3.5, and a foul. The mark he broke was TJ Duckett's 67-0 from the Big 8 meet in 1999. On hand at the meet was Loy Norrix coach Ted Duckett, TJ's father, who congratulated Hill afterwards.

Allegan Invite, Friday: Tommy Brinn wanted to try a dry run of a possible 400/800 double at the state finals. So he blasted one lap in 47.9. Then 31 minutes later he ran a 1:53.1 in the 800. As if that weren't enough, he anchored a 3:23.3 relay with a 49.4. According to his father, the double is on. Not to be overlooked: Jeff MacMillan of Mattawan ran on an 8:12 4x8, then put together two more wins (4:20.2 & 9:24.1). (Kalamazoo Gazette article link)

Golden Triangle, Saline, Friday: Monroe and Pinckney tangled in the boys distances, and points-wise, Pinckney came out on top, winning the DMR (10:36.3 to 10:39.5), the 1600 (Wines 4:23.2, Whitelaw 4:29.3) and the 800 (Lotz 1:57.8). Whitelaw came back and won the 3200 in 9:36.4. Best field events went to Quinn Dawson (53-4 & 187-7) and Tyler Grob (15-0.25). Ypsi Lincoln did damage on the women's side, winning the sprints (Jefferson 12.7 & 25.9) and three fast relays (49.3, 1:43.1, 4:03.4).

Other highlights...
Mike Atchoo
ran an interesting double against Troy on Tuesday: 51.4 and 9:38.0.
Becca Addison tried her first-ever 3200 in an effort to get the school record. She did, pacing 5:26 and 5:10 to end up at 10:37.0 in a dual vs. Grandville. GH coach Katie Kowalczyk-Fulmer told the local Tribune, "She's never run two miles on the track. Obviously, with how well she did, she has a chance to do things, but I'm sure she'll run the mile, the 800 and the 3,200 relay at state."
Nick Kaiser, the sophomore 800 star at Bedford, further enhanced his credentials with a great day at the Knights Relays in Toledo. He jogged in a 4:24 anchor on the DMR--they timed 10:31.42, the fastest outdoor time in the state this year. Then he lost on the lean in the 1600, clocking 4;16.64, again, the fastest outdoor time of the year. Then he ran 49-point to anchor the 4x4, nearly winning (3:29.36).
Jeff Burd of Vermontville-Maple Valley--talk about range. He's on the lists at 22.24 and 49.8 in the long sprints, and this week he added a 4:25.5 in the 1600. He's sounding like he might be a scary prospect in the 800.

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