When Trent Allen’s first javelin throw of the season came seven inches short of reaching 200 feet, the gold standard of high school javelin throwers, he became even more motivated.
The Derby senior says it was not a coincidence his next throw was his best to date, a hurl of 203 feet, 5 inches that not only won the Winfield Invitational last Friday but also stands as the second-best throw in the nation, according to DyeStat.
“I knew I could do it because I’ve thrown that far in practice,” Allen said. “All it took was a little more concentration. It was pretty exciting. It’s been one of my goals through the off-season and knowing that all that work has paid off is pretty satisfying.”
Allen’s throw came in surprisingly calm conditions, which took away the lift that a javelin usually needs to go as far as possible. Instead, Allen’s off-season work in the weight room gave him the strength to drive through the point and power a throw of more than 200 feet.
Now that he’s finally joined the 200-foot club, Allen is onto his next goal which he’ll start to work at this Friday at the Valley Center Invitational.
“I know it sounds crazy, but I really do believe I can hit 230,” Allen said. “I want to set the bar high and strive toward that. I just want to see how close I can get.”
Carroll’s hurdlers at it again – Sweeping a hurdles event isn’t a surprising occurrence for the Carroll boys, whose hurdles unit has blossomed under the guidance of Tim Reynolds.
Carroll opened the season by sweeping the 300-meter hurdles at the Andale Invitational with Joseph Holthusen (41.10 seconds), Gerard Eck (41.64), and Luke Powell (42.31). Carroll will compete in the Valley Center Invitational on Friday.
“We’re not going to go to a meet with the type of times they’re running where they aren’t giving us three scores everywhere we go,” Carroll coach Cory Swords.
Holthusen and Eck have more natural foot speed than Powell, but it is Powell that sets the pace in practice with his conditioning gained through cross country in the fall and winter.
“I think once we get a little further along in the season, and he completes the work, Luke is actually going to catch up to them,” Swords said. “It’s going to be a lot of fun to watch those three compete.”
Newton girls eye a title run – Being plugged into the AAU track and field circuit, Newton coach Tad Remsberg knew what could be.
“I’ve been looking forward to this season for quite awhile,” Remsberg said. “We have a chance to be a really special group.”
Newton lost just one piece from last season’s team, which placed fifth at the state meet, and returned a title-contending sprinter Savannah Simmons and a four-time state champion thrower Payton Roberts.
Returners Kailey Harris, Taylor Antonowich, Jen Andres, and Katie Reed are all contenders to qualify for state and the freshman class of Kalli Anderson (already a title contender in the sprints), Maggie Remsberg, DesiRay Kernal, and Alaina Stucky will all make an impact.
“They’re aware of the kind of talent we have on the team,” Remsberg said. “We’ve set our goals pretty high and we have pretty high expectations, so now it’s time to chase them.”