July 3, 2005
CENTRALIA, Wash. - Washington track and field recruit Zack Midles took over the 2005 U.S. prep lead in the hammer throw on July 3 with a lifetime-best effort at the Pre-4th of July Hammer Blast in Centralia, Wash.
A 2005 graduate of Capital High School in Olympia, Midles launched the hammer 226 feet, 9 inches, more than four feet beyond his previous season-best. Midles' throw moved the future Husky to the top of the 2005 U.S. prep rankings, surpassing by three inches the previous U.S. best of 226-6 set by New York high-schooler Walter Henning in May.
Midles, who will enroll at Washington in September and begin his collegiate throwing career in March, placed fourth at the USA Junior National Track and Field Championships in June, and was the gold-medalist at the 2004 USATF Junior Olympics Nationals. Midles comes from a long line of outstanding hammer throwers, including father Dwight, a star competitor at Washington State in the late 1970s; and brother Adam, the 2005 Pac-10 hammer champion for USC.
At Washington, Midles will team in the hammer with two-time All-Pac-10 performer Martin Bingisser, the third-place finisher in the hammer at the each of the past two Pac-10 Championships.