Channel 8: Manhattan High javelin thrower sets sights on Olympics

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Sam Hankins, a junior javelin thrower on the Manhattan High School track and field team is setting records as the number one javelin thrower in not only the state of Kansas, but the entire country in the high school category.

For Hankins, javelin is not a new sport — he started throwing when he was 11 years old and fell in love with the sports. His love for the sport also comes from having teammates that are fun to not only be around but to compete with.

Hankins has two 6-A state championships right now and is hoping to add a third at the end of this season. He also hopes to use his skill to help him pursue an academic and athletic career at the Division 1 level.

His coach Kory Cool said he believes Hankins has the ability to make it past competing at the collegiate level and can take it all the way to the Olympics.

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Molly Hackett
I'm Molly Hackett, the assistant sports editor this semester. I attended St. James Academy just outside of Kanas City for high school and I am currently a junior in mass communications with an emphasis in digital media and a minor in business. In my free time, I love to ride my moped, spend time with friends and family, play sports, drink coffee and take naps.