2022’s Best Throwers

Yesterday, I conquered the teams, here today are the individuals. Listed below are charts of the best throwers, along with the Throwers of the Year. For the Throwers of the Year, what I’ve decided to do is give those to State Champions and whomever is first by their score. I think that’s what I’ll do come June. Look at the end for some up and coming throwers to watch for in the next few months.




Zane Forist, Carson City-Crystal

2022 Bests

Discus: 200’4
Shot Put: 67’5

2022 Accolades

D4 Shot Put & Discus Champion
Greater Lansing, MSAC Shot Put & Discus Champion
Nike Outdoor Nationals Shot Put Champion


Placed in the Top 20 at Big Ten Indoors at both the Shot Put and Weight Throw.

Overall RankGradeNameTeamDivisionDiscusShot PutAthlete Score
112Zane ForistCarson City-Crystal45505601110
212Andrew QuinnMason County Central3487510997
312Alex MansfieldMonroe Jefferson2487505992
411Kellen KimesHart3475491966
512Connor WilliamsonMason2473463936
612Aidan TaylorZeeland East2453477930
712Brady PlouchaDearborn Divine Child2483441924
812Tristan HinkleySwartz Creek1436478914
911Andrew BerryhillBattle Creek Lakeview1429484914
1012Jake SteslickiFarmington1488422910
1111Dalton DeBeauFrankenmuth2487422909
1212Todd NanasyMorrice4465440905
1312Brenden QuackenbushChesaning3425466891
1410Gavin NurenbergPewamo-Westphalia3431458889
1510Merrick HockingMidland1428452880
1612Riley SmalarzMacomb Dakota1431436867
1712Ashton LepoGrand Haven1445419864
1811Michael GriffeyPlainwell2452402854
1912Caleb PaarlbergCaledonia1429424853
2012Riley BrockKingsley2427423850
2111Gerald CapaccioSt. Joseph1405441845
2212Ryan ShinaberyHudsonville Unity Christian2422422844
2312Kadyn WarnerTraverse City Central1373471844
2412Chris WhiteheadBeal City4428415843
2510Ty RobertsonSaginaw Heritage1419422840

D1 Boys Throwers of the Year

Tristan Hinkley, Swartz Creek

2022 Bests

Discus: 155’3
Shot Put: 57’1

2022 Accolades

2nd Place – D1 Shot Put
FML Shot Put & Discus Champion

Andrew Berryhill, Battle Creek Lakeview

2022 Bests

Discus: 152’8
Shot Put: 57’9

2022 Accolades

D1 Shot Put Champion
SMAC, Region 3 Shot Put & Discus Champion


MITS Shot Put Champion

Jake Steslicki, Farmington

2022 Bests

Discus: 176’0
Shot Put: 50’0

2022 Accolades

D1 Discus Champion
Oakland County Discus Champion


It appears that he’s concentrated on the weight throw in his redshirted freshman year at Michigan.

Division RankGradeNameTeamDivisionDiscusShot PutAthlete Score
112Tristan HinkleySwartz Creek1436478914
211Andrew BerryhillBattle Creek Lakeview1429484914
312Jake SteslickiFarmington1488422910
410Merrick HockingMidland1428452880
512Riley SmalarzMacomb Dakota1431436867
612Ashton LepoGrand Haven1445419864
712Caleb PaarlbergCaledonia1429424853
811Gerald CapaccioSt. Joseph1405441845
912Kadyn WarnerTraverse City Central1373471844
1010Ty RobertsonSaginaw Heritage1419422840

D2 Boys Thrower of the Year

Alex Mansfield, Monroe Jefferson

2022 Bests

Discus: 175’6
Shot Put: 60’6

2022 Accolades

D2 Shot Put Champion
2nd Place – D2 Discus
Region 16, Huron League Shot Put & Discus Champion


Throwing for Oakland, he finished 6th in the Shot Put and 12th in the Weight Throw at the Horizon League Championship.

Dalton DeBeau, Frankenmuth

2022 Bests

Discus: 175’7
Shot Put: 49’11

2022 Accolades

D2 Discus Champion
7th Place – D2 Shot Put


Just recently signed with Michigan State.

Division RankGradeNameTeamDivisionDiscusShot PutAthlete Score
112Alex MansfieldMonroe Jefferson2487505992
212Connor WilliamsonMason2473463936
312Aidan TaylorZeeland East2453477930
412Brady PlouchaDearborn Divine Child2483441924
511Dalton DeBeauFrankenmuth2487422909
611Michael GriffeyPlainwell2452402854
712Riley BrockKingsley2427423850
812Ryan ShinaberyHudsonville Unity Christian2422422844
910Garrett WeedenZeeland East2436397833
1012Tag BonnemaZeeland East2416413829

D3 Boys Throwers of the Year

Andrew Quinn, Mason County Central

2022 Bests

Discus: 175’3
Shot Put: 61’1

2022 Accolades

D3 Shot Put Champion


Throwing for SVSU, he finished 8th in the Weight Throw at the GLIAC Championship.

Kellen Kimes, Hart

2022 Bests

Discus: 165’10
Shot Put: 58’8

2022 Accolades

D3 Discus Champion
2nd Place – D3 Shot Put


MITS Champion – Discus & Weight Throw
State Record Holder – Indoor Weight Throw
Inflicted terror on many at the LAB, his weight throws barreling through many team camps.

Division RankGradeNameTeamDivisionDiscusShot PutAthlete Score
112Andrew QuinnMason County Central3487510997
211Kellen KimesHart3475491966
312Brenden QuackenbushChesaning3425466891
410Gavin NurenbergPewamo-Westphalia3431458889
512Kyle KloskaGrand Rapids West Catholic3416422838
612Levi HarberMontrose3416411827
712Cobie BondsColoma3437387824
810Logan ColeUnion City3423399822
912Sparty SkillernGrayling3396415811
1011Xavier SossAdrian Madison3391417807

Division RankGradeNameTeamDivisionDiscusShot PutAthlete Score
112Zane ForistCarson City-Crystal45505601110
212Todd NanasyMorrice4465440905
312Chris WhiteheadBeal City4428415843
412Joel BradleyWhite Cloud4418415833
512Trey NiemanMorenci4420411831
612Matthew OswaldBeal City4411399809
711Connor PalmerDeckerville4394403797
811Jace SilverthornWhite Cloud4378403781
911Nick WayneBritton Deerfield4402374776
1012Taiden RobinsonCarson City-Crystal4389385775

UP Boys Thrower of the Year

Noah Johnson, Kingsford

2022 Bests

Discus: 137’9
Shot Put: 42’2

2022 Accolades

3rd Place – UP Division 1 Discus
4th Place – UP Division 1 Shot Put
Region 42 Discus Champion


State Qualifier this past weekend at the Wrestling State Finals. Finished 3rd at 215 lbs. in Region 9.

Lucas Tappy, Kingsford

2022 Bests

Shot Put: 47’2

2022 Accolades

UP Division 1 Shot Put Champion
Undefeated season in Shot Put competition


Playing offensive line for St. Norbert College in Wisconsin.

Division RankGradeNameTeamDivisionDiscusShot PutAthlete Score
110Noah JohnsonKingsfordUP391360751
212Mathias MillerEngadineUP360382742
312Chance BridgersPainesdale-JeffersUP331390721
412Brett BoudreauGladstoneUP353365718
512Eli OstermayerL’AnseUP353360713
612Jaden BorsethEwen Trout CreekUP369333702
712Isiah WoodNegauneeUP314374687
811Brayden DunstanNegauneeUP345340684
912Drew FrenchEngadineUP317361677
1012Ethan SuggittRudyardUP326350676


Abigail Russell, Allen Park

2022 Bests

Discus: 144’4
Shot Put: 44’6

2022 Accolades

D1 Shot Put & Discus Champion
Downriver League, Region 5 Shot Put & Discus Champion
5th Place – New Balance Nationals Shot Put


MITS State Champion – Shot Put
2nd Place – MITS Weight Throw

Overall RankGradeNameTeamDivisionDiscusShot PutAthlete Score
110Abigail RussellAllen Park15005051005
212RyAnn RohrerLudington2476504980
311Maelie HopeWhitehall2499463962
412Tess VanDykKalamazoo Christian4473485958
511Sophia SnellenbergerQuincy3499458957
610Rylan FinstromGrayling3503434937
711Ava WojciechowskiWalled Lake Central1480452933
812Eriana HubbardOxford1467455922
910Janae HudsonMarysville2476443919
1012Jamie GieseDexter1412494905
1112Paige WestraZeeland East2445456902
1211Raigen HorsfallQuincy3447452899
1311Payton OttoOlivet2472419891
1411Haley GuerrantOtsego2455434889
1512Corinna HernandezMason County Eastern4437448885
1612Madison DrouinOtsego2437445882
1712Lane HagensGrand Blanc1467415882
1811Elyse FinchRoyal Oak1447433879
1911Savannah BreitwiserWalled Lake Central1458420878
2012Emma VantolEssexville Garber2451425876
2110Kayla HarrisEast Kentwood1437434871
2212Kaydence RichardsonEaton Rapids2430440870
2312Karly KlaerSt. Joseph1425437861
2411Emily CarbajalSand Creek3442416858
2512Akiyah AshMelvindale2430428858

D1 RankGradeNameTeamDivisionDiscusShot PutAthlete Score
110Abigail RussellAllen Park15005051005
211Ava WojciechowskiWalled Lake Central1480452933
312Eriana HubbardOxford1467455922
412Jamie GieseDexter1412494905
512Lane HagensGrand Blanc1467415882
611Elyse FinchRoyal Oak1447433879
711Savannah BreitwiserWalled Lake Central1458420878
810Kayla HarrisEast Kentwood1437434871
912Karly KlaerSt. Joseph1425437861
1012Kamryn BiceMonroe1430426856

D2 Girls Thrower of the Year

RyAnn Rohrer, Ludington

2022 Bests

Discus: 135’7
Shot Put: 44’6

2022 Accolades

D2 Shot Put & Discus Champion
Region 11, Lakes 8 Shot Put & Discus Champion


Freshman at Calvin.

D2 RankGradeNameTeamDivisionDiscusShot PutAthlete Score
112RyAnn RohrerLudington2476504980
211Maelie HopeWhitehall2499463962
310Janae HudsonMarysville2476443919
412Paige WestraZeeland East2445456902
511Payton OttoOlivet2472419891
611Haley GuerrantOtsego2455434889
712Madison DrouinOtsego2437445882
812Emma VantolEssexville Garber2451425876
912Kaydence RichardsonEaton Rapids2430440870
1012Akiyah AshMelvindale2430428858

D3 Girls Thrower of the Year

Sophia Snellenberger, Quincy

2022 Bests

Discus: 144’0
Shot Put: 40’3

2022 Accolades

2nd Place – D3 Discus
3rd Place – D3 Shot Put
Big 8 Conference Shot Put & Discus Champion


MITS State Champion – Discus
2nd Place – MITS Shot Put

Rylan Finstrom, Grayling

2022 Bests

Discus: 145’2
Shot Put: 38’1

2022 Accolades

D3 Discus Champion
4th Place – D3 Shot Put


Just finished her basketball season at Grayling.

Grace Elliott, Sand Creek

2022 Bests

Discus: 103’11
Shot Put: 40’4

2022 Accolades

D3 Shot Put Champion
Lenawee County, TCC, Region 26 Shot Put Champion
17th Place – D3 Discus

D3 RankGradeNameTeamDivisionDiscusShot PutAthlete Score
111Sophia SnellenbergerQuincy3499458957
210Rylan FinstromGrayling3503434937
311Raigen HorsfallQuincy3447452899
411Emily CarbajalSand Creek3442416858
512Liathano RamirezBenzie Central3428422850
612Grace ElliottSand Creek3387459846
711Adelyn MooreCaro3399413812
812Claire MeachamMontague3402407808
99Brenna McDonaldSchoolcraft3386419805
1012Grace SpitzleyPewamo-Westphalia3410395805

D4 Girls Thrower of the Year

Tess VanDyk, Kalamazoo Christian

2022 Bests

Discus: 134’6
Shot Put: 42’9

2022 Accolades

D4 Shot Put Champion
2nd Place – D4 Discus
SAC Shot Put & Discus Champion


Throws for Western Michigan. Placed 9th in the Shot Put and 20th in the Weight Throw at the MAC Championships.

Elli Stender, Gobles

2022 Bests

Discus: 122’9
Shot Put: 36’0

2022 Accolades

D4 Discus Champion
2nd Place – Region 34 Discus
3rd Place – SAC Discus


Throws for Western Michigan, primarily focusing on the Shot Put this indoor season.

D4 RankGradeNameTeamDivisionDiscusShot PutAthlete Score
112Tess VanDykKalamazoo Christian4473485958
212Corinna HernandezMason County Eastern4437448885
312Elli StenderGobles4440412852
411Harley BearMarion4428413841
511Natalie WandrieIndian River Inland Lakes4400441841
611Gaby ReeveWhite Cloud4445367812
712Kyla WiersemaMuskegon Western Mich. Christian4402404806
811Kelsey HansenLincoln-Alcona4387404791
910Lily ParkerMarlette4389396785
1011Keyara SzymanskiMendon4390394784

Upper Peninsula Girls Thrower of the Year

Alyssa Hill, Negaunee

2022 Bests

Discus: 123’4
Shot Put: 34’2.5

2022 Accolades

UP Division 1 Discus Champion
2nd Place – Division 1 Shot Put


Started 25 of 26 games as a freshman for the Bemidji State basketball team.

Eliana Juchemich, Negaunee

2022 Bests

Discus: 106’7
Shot Put: 36’3

2022 Accolades

UP Division 1 Shot Put Champion
2nd Place – UP Division 1 Discus


Plays on the district-winning Negaunee basketball squad.

UP RankGradeNameTeamDivisionDiscusShot PutAthlete Score
112Alyssa HillNegauneeUP442392833
211Eliana JuchemichNegauneeUP395414809
312Kennedy OlsonMenomineeUP368423791
411Grace HillBrimleyUP379404783
512Joanne ArbicSault Ste. MarieUP411369780
610Danielle LundManistiqueUP395382777
712Leah McCrackenRepublic-MichigammeUP366392758
812Allison KorpiEscanabaUP415339754
911Kadence PotoczakPickfordUP394356750
1012Victoria PaquinGwinnUP396344740

Who Else to Watch For

Gavin Nurenberg, Pewamo-Westphalia: Part of the great Pirate throwing crew at P-W. Individually, nabbed a 3rd place finish in the Shot at the MITS State Meet

Merrick Hocking, Midland: Already in peak form, at least compared to his 2022 standards, where he placed 7th in the Disc at D1 State.

Michael Griffey, Plainwell: Plainwell senior has reached new lengths in the Shot this winter. Many throws over 50’, including a 52’ toss that placed 7th at Indoor State. Has shown skill in the Weight Throw and Discus as well, placing in both events.

Gerald Capaccio, St. Joseph: Juuuust missed out on an All-State spot in the SP last season. Has begun the process of rectifying that, his 54’0 toss at the LAB nabbed a 5th place finish in that event.

Lukas Ray, Wyandotte Roosevelt: Threw over 50’ multiple times during indoor, a good 5’ further than his junior outdoor best. Placed All-State at both the Shot and Disc at the MITS State Championship

Ty Anthony, Coopersville: Didn’t even make it out of last spring’s Regional meet. Blasted a 54’ toss last weekend, over 10’ past his best mark as a junior.

Maelie Hope, Whitehall: Has shown the potential to be a champion in the Discus, with multiple 140’+ throws in the late season. It just didn’t happen at the State Finals, though she was able to grab a 3rd in the Shot Put.

Ava Wojciechowski, Walled Lake Central: During this indoor season, she’s already matched the elite level she found while competing in 2022, where Ava placed on the medal stand in both events at D1 State.

Janae Hudson, Marysville: Improved by over 30 (101’ to 135’) feet in the discus between her freshman and sophomore years.

Raigen Horsfall, Quincy: Raigen + Snellenberger make for some automatic points whenever Quincy steps to a meet. The two combined for 28 points at the D3 State Finals, Raigen attaining 2nd in the SP and 3rd in the Discus.

Payton Otto, Olivet: Payton underwent a meteoric rise in the Discus over the course of her junior year. Early on, hanging around 100’, then reached 130’+ in mid-May, a performance she found at the D2 Final, where she placed 2nd.

Elyse Finch, Royal Oak: Faced adversity early at last June’s State Final, her discus tosses not going the way she planned. Came out on top after all, hitting nearly a 2’ PR en route to a 7th place finish. She added another 2’ this indoor season too.

Best Youngsters

Teegan Simmons, Monroe: His 155’2 at Dundee’s Freshman Invite was good enough for the 20th best Disc in the State. Look out, he’s already thrown further in 2023.

Mason Brodie, Clinton: Qualified for State in the Shot and Disc, didn’t place in either, but gained valuable experience. Quite consistent in his SP, throwing over 40’ in all but one of his competitions.

Garrod Alexander, Walled Lake Central: Another one in a line of great Vikings in the ring. Captured both the Shot and Disc titles at the Freshman Oakland County meet.

Carter Helsel, Manton: Ranked amongst the top-6 freshman in both events.  

Ellianna Foley, Coldwater: Steady string of 100’ discs and 36’ shots led to I-8 titles in both events.

Brenna McDonald, Schoolcraft: 13th in the D3 Shot Put as a freshman. Past May 1st, Brenna was a lock to throw at or over 32’.

Isabel Rozeveld, McBain: Had only ripped at 100’+ discus once before passing that mark at consecutive championship meets. 103’0 at Highland Conference and 112’7 at Cadillac News both resulted in 2nd place finishes.

Cora Williams, Ann Arbor Huron: Stronger in the Shot as of now. And when I say stronger, I mean she is legit. 2nd place finish there as a freshman, her 41’ tosses to close the year were better than any other 9th grader by 5 feet.


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