Swenson's Blog: Givens competes in decathlon

By Carol Swenson

USATF Junior Outdoor National Championships
Sacramento, CA
June 22-25, 2017

Green equals A-T KS best; Hankins finishes 7th

On the opening day of the USATF Junior Championships (Thursday, June 22), Sam Hankins (Manhattan, FR) finished 7th in the Men’s
Javelin with a throw of 197’0” (60.04m). Hankins hit that mark, approximately nine feet short of his season best of 205’11”, on his
fourth attempt. The winner of the javelin field, made up mostly of college freshmen and high school seniors under 20-years of age,
was national high school leader Liam Christensen (Academic Magnet HS, North Charleston, SC, SR), with a throw of 225’8” (68.79m),
ahead of William Petersson (Texas A&M), Hunter Walkins (Mansfield University) and Creighton Sanders (Pittsburg State, 2015 Class
5A state champion for Wichita Heights).

Friday found Noah Green (St Thomas-Aquinas, JR) competing in both the 110m Hurdles. Green’s first event on Friday was the preliminaries of the 110m Hurdles where he placed second in Heat 1 with a legal wind (-0.2 m/s) time of 13.76, a time which ranked #5 overall, and automatically qualified him for the finals later in the day.

Green had qualified to compete in the 400m Hurdles, but scratched that event prior to the preliminaries. In the finals of the 110m Hurdles Noah placed third running 13.53 into a head wind of -1.8 m/s, approximately 4 miles per hour, equaling his all-time Kansas best set at the New Balance National Outdoor on June 17.

Winning the event was Eric Edwards, Jr (Houston Langham Creek, JR), who finished second to Green at the NBN, in a season best 13.36 and the #3 time by a U.S. prep in 2017. Finishing second, 0.08 second ahead of Green was the 2017 prep leader and California state champion Joseph Anderson (Upland, CA, SR) in 13.45 (SB 13.33). Following Green in 4th through 7th were four collegians.

One piece of dishearten news regarding Green is that he reportedly is leaving St Thomas-Aquinas, returning to Texas where his mother will be moving for a new job. STA head coach Justin Wrigley commented, “Noah's mom was offered a really incredible job in Texas so they are moving back to Texas where he grew up. He will be missed, but we're all very happy for his family and this opportunity.”

Green leaves with back-to-back Class 5A state championships in the 110m and 300m Hurdles, twice setting a new 5A state meet record in the 39”-barrier event, first 13.98 in the 2016 preliminaries, then dropping it to 13.90 in the 2017 finals.

AAU Region 16 Qualifier
Missouri Southern U, Joplin, MO
June 22-25, 2017

Darryl Givens (Andover Central, JR) was the lone competitor in the boys’ 17-18 decathlon. His first day event series (Thursday, June
22) included 12.16 (100m=620pts), 5.97m/19’7” (LJ=580); 13.02m/42’8.75” (SP=668); 1.72m/5’ 7.75” (HJ=560); 53.33 (400=668); 1st Day=3096 pts.

On Friday, Givens strung together marks of 16.59 (110mH=668); 32.70m/107’3” (DT=518); 2.90m/9’6.25” (PV=333);
37.60m/123’4” (JT=407); and 5:17.30 (1500=464); for a two-day, 10-event total of 5486 points.

Winning the girls’ 15-16 triple jump on Friday was Aire’Auna Childress (Free State, FR) with a jump of 36’5.5”, four inches off
her season best.

On Saturday, Tyler Watts (Caney Valley, JR) finished second in the boys’ 17-18 110m Hurdles with a time of 14.82. In the girls
15-16 100m Hurdles, Taya Wilson (Sterling, JR) grabbed the gold with a season best 15.26. Cale Carson (El Dorado, JR) won the
boys’ 17-18 1500m with a time of 4:16.66.

USATF Missouri Valley Invitational
William Jewell College, Liberty, MO
June 24, 2017

Emmanuel Okwuone (Olathe South, JR) won the boys’ 17-18 division of USATF Missouri Valley Invitational 400m Hurdles in 56.68,
improving on his #2 2017 Kansas ranked mark just ahead of Davion Scott (KC Turner, JR) in 57.42.

In the girls 17-18 200m, Savannah Simmons (Newton, JR) took first with a time of 25.54, a full second off her season best. Nevan-Tebb-Lolar (BV West, SO) won the boys’ 15-16 200 in 22.41.

In the field, Jessie Stindt (SM East, JR) won the girls’ 17-18 Triple Jump with a leap of 39’5.5”, an inch and one-half short of her
2017 state leader. Michael Hoffer (Shawnee Heights, JR) matched his season best of 6’8” in winning the boys’ 17-18 High Jump.

I am looking for the school attended during the 2016-17 school year and class in school for the following athletes:

Melody Ochana (Olathe Athletics) G15-16 3000m @ Excelerate Invitational 6/17

Taylor Briggs (Kansas Flyers) G13-14 1500/3000m @ USATF Missouri Valley Invitational 6/24

Mary O’Connor (Johnson County) G15-16 3000m @ USATF Missouri Valley Invitational 6/24

Ambrynn Stewart (Ottawa TC) G15-16 3000m @ USATF Missouri Valley Invitational 6/24

Hadley Jetmore (Hot Feet TC) G 15-16 200/400m @ USATF Missouri Valley Invitational 6/24

Up-coming Meets

June 22-25 AAU Region 16 Qualifier @ Joplin, MO (Heartland Timing)
June 24 USATF Missouri Valley Invitational @ William Jewell College, Liberty, MO ( blacksquirreltiming.com )
June 22-25 USATF National Junior Outdoor Championships (http://results.usatf.org/2017JrOutdoors/ )
June 26-30 USATF National Youth Outdoor Championships
July 6-9 USATF Region 16 Junior Olympic Championships @ Joplin, MO
July 15 Sunflower Games @ Topeka
July 24-30 USATF Hershey National Junior Olympic Championships @ Lawrence, KS (Rock Chalk Park)
July 31-Aug 5 AAU National Junior Olympics @ Ypsilanti, MI (Eastern Michigan University)

“We want your summer results”

The post-state meet summer series of meets kicks off this week. We’ll attempt to track down the results of our Kansas preps as they
make final attempts to move up the all-time Kansas list. For some, these meets represent preparation for another prep season in
2018 and for others their final meets before moving on into the collegiate ranks!

These sanctioned meets qualify for placement on the all-time state lists plus we want to include marks in our annual list!
Coaches and athletes, make sure you forward those summer results!