On the throw that would land him in the Derby track and field record book, junior Trenton Allen does not remember feeling the javelin leave his hand.
When that happens, when the release is so smooth that it feels like his arm is an extension of the spear, Allen knows good things are about to happen. On Friday, Allen ripped a throw of 191 feet, 5 1/2 inches to win the competition at the Campus Invitational.
The mark is a Derby record, the third-best throw this season in Kansas, and the 18th-best throw in the country. It was also a 13-foot improvement over Allen’s previous-best throw.
“I didn’t even feel it come out of my arm, it felt that good,” Allen said. “I just looked up and saw that thing still flying. I was pretty stoked.”
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It was the breakthrough Allen had been looking for after a solid, but what he considered average, first month of the season. He says he spends three hours a day, five days a week honing his technique.
This week Allen has been working on the trajectory of his throws. In his first three meets, Allen said he began to notice a trend.
“I was having real problems keeping the javelin low,” Allen said. “It was going higher in the air than it was going far.”
Faced with windy conditions on Friday, Allen spent more time concentrating on driving it lower and on his final throw he finally connected with what he said felt close to perfection.
“It all just kind of fell into place,” Allen said. “It was low and hard and it just kind of shot out there. It’s very satisfying because I’ve worked really hard and I’m always striving to be the best. I’m excited about (where it ranks him), but I can’t be satisfied yet.”
Hornback goes low — Having a strong wind at your back is usually considered a good thing on the track, but the wind gusts on Friday were actually throwing off Bishop Carroll senior hurdler Josh Hornback in his warm-ups.
“I really thought it was going to affect my race a lot more,” Hornback said. “I felt like it was making me slower over the hurdles and it was kind of throwing off my steps a little bit.”
When it came time to race, Hornback found the best rhythm he has all season and delivered a winning time of 14.51 in the 110 hurdles. It is the second-fastest time recorded in Kansas this season.
“I was really excited,” Hornback said. “My coach actually hand-timed me a little lower than that, so I thought I was going to get the school record. But still, it’s a really good time. Hopefully I can stay under the 15s now and keep improving.”
Harris goes off — Newton sophomore Kailey Harris set a personal-best in the triple jump, winning on Friday with her leap of 37-0 1/2. That mark is the fourth-best recorded this season in Kansas, but Harris isn’t satisfied.
“It’s not the best I’ve ever felt,” Harris said. “I definitely feel like I have a lot more left in me. It will probably come with more experience and training.”
Like most of the state-best marks and times set on Friday, Harris felt like the wind aided her. But the confidence gained by the mark is something she feels like she can use to catapult her into the final month of the season.
“My confidence is building, it really is,” Harris said. “I just want to keep building on that.”
Other notes — Newton sophomore Kade Remsberg won the 100 race in the fastest recorded time in Kansas this season, 10.61. Remsberg has won all five of his 100 races this season.… South senior Kaden Griffin set a state-best mark in the long jump, a personal-best mark of 23-7 1/4. That moves him to the top in Kansas and No. 25 in the country in the event. He also won the 800 race on Friday, and has won six different events this season through four meets.… Newton freshman Savannah Simmons still hasn’t lost a sprint in her career, as she won the 100 race in 12.11, which is the fastest time in Kansas this season, and the 200 race in 26.39 to move to 10 for 10 combined in the two races.… Newton junior Payton Roberts improved her Kansas-best throw in the shot put, winning with a toss of 45-6 3/4. That nearly 3-inch improvement moves Roberts up to No. 26 in the nation in the event. She also won the discus with her throw of 138-1 1/2 and has won all 10 of her competitions this season.… Northwest sophomore Alyssa Frausto swept the 800 and 1600 races for the second time this season. She won the 800 in 2:24.32 and in a season-best time of 5:20.75 in the 1600.… Kapaun Mount Carmel junior Anna Mahoney swept the hurdle titles, running season-best times in the 100 hurdles in 15.83 and the 300 hurdles in 48.38. Kapaun swept the 100 hurdles race with Mahoney, Natalie Pfeifer, and Mikah Betterton finishing first, second, and third.… Maize sophomore Konner Swenson set a personal-best mark in the discus, winning with a throw of 160-6. That gives him the second-best throw in Class 6A this season, and the 10th-best in Kansas. Older sister Keiryn also set a personal-best in the discus, finishing runner-up to Roberts on Friday with a throw of 130-8 1/2, which is the seventh-best mark in Kansas.
Teams—Bishop Carroll 123, Derby 98, Liberal 83, Newton 59, Maize 55½, Kapaun 48½, Campus 37, South 33, East 27, Valley Center 26, Ark City 15, Northwest 6.
100—1. Kade Remsberg, Newton, 10.61; 2. Marion Ponds, Campus, 10.83; 3. O’Brien Hayes, Derby, 10.90. 200—1. Darreon Jackson, Derby, 23.55; 2. Andreas Gunther, Bishop Carroll, 23.69; 3. Baqurious Stokes, Derby, 23.73. 400—1. Connor Evans, Bishop Carroll, 50.52; 2. Kade Remsberg, Newton, 51.76; 3. Alew Ewy, Bishop Carroll, 51.85. 800—1. Kaden Griffin, South, 2:01.65; 2. Juan Rodriguez, 2:02.05; 3. Grant Wells, Kapaun Mount Carmel, 2:02.49. 1600—1. Paul Becker, Bishop Carroll, 4:39.48; 2. Obed Quintana, Liberal, 4:43.69; 3. Liam Ormiston, Derby, 4:44.45. 3200—1. Paul Becker, Bishop Carroll, 10:00.13; 2. Cole Bosley, Maize, 10:16.42; 3. Obed Quintana, Liberal, 10:24.91. 110 hurdles—1. Josh Hornback, Bishop Carroll, 14.51; 2. Edwin Sobalvarro, Liberal, 14.91; 3. Kaden Griffin, South, 14.94. 300 hurdles—1. Edwin Sobalvarro, Liberal, 40.39; 2. Josh Hornback, Bishop Carroll, 41.16; 3. Gerard Eck, Bishop Carroll, 41.46. 400 relay—1. Derby 43.81; 2. Kapaun Mount Carmel 44.17; 3. Newton 44.47. 1600 relay—1. Liberal 3:28.92; 2. Bishop Carroll 3:31.83; 3. Maize 3:36.68. 3200 relay—1. Newton 8:27.20; 2. Maize 8:29.51; 3. Liberal 8:35.00. High jump—1. Canien Burnett, East, 6-2; 2. Braden Hansard, Bishop Carroll, 6-2; 3. Colter Hullings, Kapaun Mount Carmel, 5-10. Pole vault—1. Christian Compton, Derby, 14-6; 2. Brock Wells, Kapaun Mount Carmel, 13-6; 3. Kris Wood, Derby, 13-0. Long jump—1. Kaden Griffin, South, 23-7¼; 2. O’Brien Hayes, Derby, 21-7; 3. Karol Williams, Northwest, 20-10½. Triple jump—1. Jordan Cox, Campus, 43-9½; 2. Colby Martin, Valley Center, 42-5; 3. Landon Moore, Newton, 41-10½. Shot put—1. Josh Fulmer, Newton, 52-7¾; 2. Hayden Coker, Liberal, 52-6¾; 3. Dan Garrison, Bishop Carroll, 50-9¼. Discus—1. Konner Swenson, Maize, 160-6; 2. Mason Orr, Valley Center, 158-5½; 3. Hayden Coker, Liberal, 148-3½. Javelin—1. Trenton Allen, Derby, 191-5½; 2. Hank Honas, Bishop Carroll, 181-8; 3. David Kaufman, East, 177-4.
Teams—Maize 133, Newton 130, East 93½, Kapaun 63, Northwest 57, Bishop Carroll 45, Valley Center 43, Liberal 19, South 12, Derby 12, Ark City 3½, Campus 1.
100—1. Savannah Simmons, Newton, 12.11; 2. Kimani Evans, East, 12.22; 3. Paris Womack, Northwest, 12.44. 200—1. Savannah Simmons, Newton, 26.39; 2. Libby Christensen, Maize, 27.22; 3. Kimani Evans, East, 27.24. 400—1. Taylor Antonowich, Newton, 1:00.70; 2. Khyah Van Es, Northwest, 1:01.03; 3. Libby Christensen, Maize, 1:01.48. 800—1. Alyssa Frausto, Northwest, 2:24.32; 2. Kalee Owens, Valley Center, 2:29.14; 3. Kassidy Watkins, Maize, 2:31.45. 1600—1. Alyssa Frausto, Northwest, 5:20.75; 2. Deidra Walker, Maize, 5:27.00; 3. Kate Utech, Maize, 5:30.12. 3200—1. Camryn Slatten, Liberal, 12:15.67; 2. Cierra Devorce, East, 12:36.88; 3. Victoria DeLeon, Maize, 12:38.55. 100 hurdles—1. Anna Mahoney, Kapaun Mount Carmel, 15.83; 2. Natalie Pfeifer, Kapaun Mount Carmel, 16.50; 3. Mikah Betterton, Kapaun Mount Carmel, 16.52. 300 hurdles—1. Anna Mahoney, Kapaun Mount Carmel, 48.38; 2. Sarah Bartel, Newton, 49.32; 3. Sarah Harrod, Maize, 49.66. 400 relay—1. East 49.29; 2. Newton 49.39; 3. Northwest 50.33. 1600 relay—1. Newton 4:11.57; 2. Maize 4:11.87; 3. Northwest 4:19.67. 3200 relay—1. Valley Center 10:34.84; 2. Bishop Carroll 10:41.47; 3. Maize 10:46.07. High jump—1. Madison Runnion, Valley Center, 5-0; 2. Brittan Richey, East, 5-0; 2. Kailey Harris, Newton, 5-0. Pole vault—1. Alyssa Wheeler, Kapaun Mount Carmel, 11-0; 2. Kennedy Fish, Northwest, 9-6; 3. Chalese Honan, Derby, 9-6. Long jump—1. Allegra Carson, East, 17-8; 2. Kylee Mernagh, Bishop Carroll, 16-4¾; 3. Anna Mahoney, Kapaun Mount Carmel, 15-11. Triple jump—1. Kailey Harris, Newton, 37-0½; 2. Allegra Carson, East, 36-11; 3. Nicole Ukoefreso, East, 34-3½. Shot put—1. Payton Roberts, Newton, 45-6¾; 2. Lauren Hills, Maize, 36-3¾; 3. Taylor Latimer, Valley Center, 36-3. Discus—1. Payton Roberts, Newton, 138-1½; 2. Keiryn Swenson, Maize, 130-8½; 3. Lauren Hills, Maize, 123-1. Javelin—1. Keiryn Swenson, Maize, 136-2; 2. Bree Wallace, East, 116-11½; 3. Jaclyn Melillo, Bishop Carroll, 110-10½.