April 1, 2010
AUSTIN, Texas - Washington's top two men's hammer throwers got their 2010 seasons off to fine starts today at the Texas Relays. Senior Zack Midles took seventh in a loaded field and sophomore Angus Taylor set a new lifetime-best in a 10th-place finish.
Midles, out of Olympia, tossed the hammer 208-feet and 1-inch on his fourth attempt, just three feet short of his PR of 211-6 which ranks fourth in Husky history.
Taylor, a Richmond, B.C. native, topped the 60-meter mark for the first time in his career, tossing 60.30m which converts to 197-feet, 10-inches. He hit that mark on his second throw, and only got three tries with the depth of the field. The new PR raised Taylor one spot on the Husky Top-10 list to ninth, as he passed Rich Bagley's best from 1979.
Both marks would have surpassed the old NCAA Regional marks, which have been tossed out this year. Midles and Taylor will need to be among the top-48 hammer throwers in the West Region at the end of May, when the NCAA preliminary rounds will be held back in Austin.
Three more Huskies will compete this weekend, all tossing the javelin. All-Americans Kyle Nielsen and Brooke Pighin will compete on Saturday, with freshman Joe Zimmerman also in action either Friday or Saturday.