McGhee, Le take finish 1-2 in 5A shot put

mikemcgheewebA personal best throw and another consistent performance culminated with the Oxford Chargers take first and second in the shot put at Saturday’s MHSAA Class 5A North Half meet. Mike McGhee won the event with a throw of 52 feet, 11.75 inches.

Collin Le came in second with a 45-4. The duo garnered 18 points for Oxford’s boys, who were leading the event after field events with 46 total points.

Le, who has been improving each meet, said his throw was a personal best.

“I’ve just been coming out here and practicing and trying to get work done. I was predicted to get fourth, but I ended up getting second. My goal was first,” Le said with a slight smile. “You always want to set your standards really high. I ended up getting second, so I’m happy with that.”

McGhee, who won last year’s 5A individual state title in the shot, said when he woke up this morning, he was a little sluggish.

“I felt like I wasn’t going to have a good day. I just had to overcome that and do what I could do,” McGhee said adding his technique had improved which has helped overcome his drop in weight by 12 pounds. “My technique is so much better than when I was a freshman. I went from a 45 to a 52, 53 last year. I’m about equal to where I was last year, but I weighed in at 240, 245 and now I’m down to 230, so my technique and experience has really been key to me. I’m just more explosive to make up for the weight loss. You can see a difference with the technique, but throwing wise, it’s been the same.”

The 5A state meet is just over a week away, and Le said he felt a lot more comfortable about his chances after taking second.

“With Mike getting first and me getting second, I feel like we can both get first and second at state, hopefully,” Le said, adding a lot of hard work has paid off.

“I come with the same mindset each meet of dominating whoever is around, whoever is trying to compete against me,” McGhee added.


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