Zane Forist had a weight throw series for the ages last Friday at the LAB Midwest Winter Invite.
The senior from Carson-City Crystal, who was representing the Michigan Elite Throws squad, eclipsed the previous state record mark of 69-1 owned by Eli Winter (Alpena) from February of 2020.
After a solid introductory effort of 64-2, Forist launched his record setting mark of 69-4 on his second attempt to add 3" to Winter's all-time state performance.
Forist was far from done, however. It was on his next attempt that he launched a 73-3.5 bomb to out-do his own brand new Michigan record and set a lofty standard for any would be record breakers to chase in seasons to come.
He followed that up with a pair of additional 70+ throws (73-3 and 72-2) on attempts four and six, respectively, to go along with a 66-11 toss on his fifth try.
This all came after an uncharacteristically tough showing in the discus event, earlier in the day, where he took third in the finals with a 147-7 mark. He had a hand-full of near miss fouls in that discus competition, however, that had those in attendance at the Lincoln Athletic Building suspect a huge mark might be looming.
Forist more than rebounded when it came time for the weight throw.
Review below his breakdown of the winning WT performance with emphasis placed on his record achieving marks.
"I was very happy with my weight throw marks at the LAB, but I look forward to throwing even farther!"
"I have been working on improving my two turn technique. A lot of elite throwers use either the three or four turn technique, but for now I've just been working on the two turn."
"I'm working on three turns in practice, so hopefully I'll have that down for the state meet."
"Also, being able to compete against other accomplished weight throwers like Jake Steslicki and Kellen Kimes really pushes me to hit big throws."
-- Zane Forist
Forist returned for Day 2 action at the LAB and won the shot put title with a 64-5.25 mark. Watch below his release in the weight throw record-setter 73-3.5 courtesy of MileSplit Ohio contributor Shawn Conlon.