10 Athletes To Watch At The LAB Midwest Invite

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The 2022 Midwest Winter Invitational is set for Friday and Saturday at the Lincoln Athletic Building in Ypsilanti. 

With a considerable depth of talent highlighting every one of the meet's events, selecting a group of elite athletes to feature was a daunting task.

That being said see below a list of ten can't miss competitors who'll be putting their skills to the test at our MileSplit Meet of the Week

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Men's Division

(Shamar Heard / 16 Ways TC

Zane Forist / Michigan Elite Throws

Unquestionably a featured attraction at our MileSplit Meet of the Week will be the series' of Zane Forist, one of the nation's premier throwers. 

The University of Michigan recruit is scheduled to throw in a trio of competitions, the shot put, weight throw and, notably, the discus. In the latter the senior from Carson City-Crystal resides at the top of the country's rankings due to a 207-9 bomb from MITS - LAB Meet No. 5

Forist checks-in as Michigan No. 1 in the shot (66-0.5) and No. 2 in the Wolverine State for the weight (68-3). Nationally-speaking he occupies the No. 3 and No. 9 spots, respectively. 

Tamaal Myers II / Unattached MI

Myers is set for hurdles competition both in the way of the 60 and 300 plus he'll be toeing the quarter mile start line. The University of Southern California signee has an unblemished record in the 60H this season with three meet titles to his name including a personal best effort of 7.92 at the Saginaw Valley Series

His lone 300H start of the 2022 season yielded a 35.10 mark for 4th place at the CYUP Misfits Invite while in 400m action, he's clocked sub-50 on multiple occasions including a 49.27 effort which etches him at No. 2 on Michigan's leaderboard

Shamar Heard / 16 Ways TC

The state's 400m leader Heard is a confirmed starter in the 200 meter contest and he'll also take on 4x400m relay duties with his 16 Ways squad. 

The underclassmen owns a 21.94 200m best from the LAB Meet No. 7 on January 28th and if his open 400 PR of 48.76 from earlier this season is any indication, he figures to do yeoman's work for his team in relay competition. 

Cole Cabana / Maximum Output Track Club

Described as "explosive" by meet manager Rolando Eccleston, Cabana is on the shortlist of favorites to claim the Midwest Invite 60m crown.

In six races at the distance this season (including prelims and finals), Cabana has dropped sub-7 second marks on every occasion. His 2022 body of work is anchored by a 6.85 showing at MITS LAB Meet No. 3

Cole Sheldon / LAB TC 

A diversely talented jumper, Sheldon will see action in the long jump and pole vault events and should contend for wins in both.

He's successfully cleared 15-3 this season, which stations him at Michigan No. 3 and just last weekend at LAB Meet No. 8 he established a personal best long jump mark of 21-7.

The senior will look to carry that momentum through to this weekend at the familiar confines of the Lincoln Athletic Building. 

Women's Division

(Mackenzie Robinson / Ann Arbor Youth TC)

Nonah Waldron / Motor City Track Club 

The junior class star from Motor City is set for a compact schedule at the Midwest Invite with scheduled starts in the 60m, 400m 60H and 4x400m events. 

Waldron will be one of the meet's featured attractions and should contend for multiple titles. In 400m competition this season she's earned three victories and has broken 57-seconds on four occasions including her 56.31 career best mark MITS LAB Meet No. 2

Micah Martin / 16 Ways TC 

An accomplished hurdler, Martin will test herself in 60H competition and aim to add a third meet title to her list of accolades in 2022.

She'll also take reps in the high jump event, where she currently resides as the state leader due to a successful 5-8 clearance at LAB Meet No. 3.

Mackenzie Robinson / Ann Arbor Youth TC 

With a career best 200m mark of 24.88 from earlier this season, Robinson enters the meet on the shortlist of title contenders.

Trailing only national talent Kaila Jackson in the Michigan 200m rankings, Robinson has won her last two starts at the distance with efforts of 25.21 and 24.97 at LAB Meets No. 3 and No. 6, respectively. 

The junior is also expected to suit up in 60m and 4x400m competition. 

Kylee King / Motor City Track Club 

King will maintain a busy schedule over the course of the two day meet with scheduled starts in the 400m, 800m, 4x400m and sprint medley events.

Individually she's the owner of 57.90 and 2:13.85 400 and 800 personal bests and her season's trajectory has been steadily rising. 

King's most recent performances in the 400, the 800 and the 1600, for that matter, have all been the fastest of the sophomore's career to this point. 

Sophia Mettes / LAB TC 

One of the state's premier vaulters, Mettes has secured five meet titles in her six starts during the 2022 campaign.

Consistent with no winning height less than 11-6, she's cleared 12 feet or higher on three occasions including her stellar 12-9 showing at MITS LAB Meet No. 7. That mark places her in a tie for No. 1 on Michigan's leaderboard and in a tie for No. 27 nationally.