Channel 8: Manhattan High javelin thrower sets sights on Olympics


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.

Hi, I'm Molly Hackett and I graduated with a Bachelor's of Science in broadcast journalism in May 2020. When I worked for the Collegian, I had a variety of different jobs, including managing editor and sports editor. Additionally, I served a one year term on the Collegian Media Group Board of Directors. I also worked for KKSU-TV and appeared as an anchor on MHK All Day during my final semester at K-State. In my free time, I like to spend time with the people closest to me, travel, drink coffee and take naps.