The chilling wind and occasional rain spittle might not have been provided an ideal setting for throwing the disc and shot Wednesday, but at least the athletes from 12 teams at Fort Osage’s 10th annual Throwers Showcase didn’t have to worry about running and jumping.
The crosswind certainly didn’t hamper Blue Springs’ junior Davis twins in the discus. Khalil Davis uncorked the farthest throw of 171 feet, 10 inches, besting runner-up brother Carlos by more than 20 feet (151-3) and leading the Wildcats to a repeat win in that event.
Blue Springs’ Marqus Andrews added the fourth-best overall throw of 134-3 to give the Cats a total of 457 feet, 4 inches. Though 12 feet, 6 inches off the same trio’s meet-record total last year, Blue Springs throwing coach David Pollard wasn’t stressing too much about distances Wednesday.
Instead, Pollard simply was glad to see his whole bunch of throwers – many of whom on the boys side don’t see much invitational competition because of the Davis twins – get a chance to work on their form.
“It’s a fun meet to come to, and really, to compete in,” Pollard said. “There’s not a lot of pressure to perform. It’s a nice meet to come and relax and just have fun. It’s nice to enjoy the moment before things get serious.
“I’m not concerned about PRs. I’m more concerned about technical things. Some days it just be one particular thing I want them to focus on. The PRs will come.”
Lee’s Summit West (383-8) and Fort Osage (377-3) followed Blue Springs in the boys discus. Fort’s total came from Joseph Wallace (131-10), Trenton Roller (130-6) and Joey Neidel (114-11).
The Wildcat boys were second in the shot put with a 138-7 1/2 total. Carlos Davis threw 51 feet for second individually, Khalil 47-3 and Logan Chappell 40-3 1/2. Fellow Wildcat Michael Mashburn was right behind Chappell at 40-2. Avery Carter’s winning toss of 54-8 led Lee’s Summit West to victory with a 148-10 1/2 total.
William Chrisman’s Caleb Harrison and ReSean Ellis had a 14-15 finish in the discus, Harrison throwing 119-2 and Ellis 118-0. Van Horn’s Kylan Alexander had the seventh-best shot put at 43-6, while Truman’s Andrew Bronson was 18th (40-1/2).
On the girls side, Fort Osage’s Asia Cole had the top shot put and second-best discus toss, leading the Indians to team-best totals in both events.
Though Cole, who is slated to compete for the University of Nebraska next season, admitted the weather wasn’t too helpful, she enjoyed the atmosphere at her home school as she works.
“It’s a nice, relaxing-type meet,” said Cole, who in previous years set meet records in the shot (45-6 1/2) and discus (137-9). “It’s really fun just having this Throwers Showcase. It’s not often people really come and watch the throwers.
Cole, last year’s state champion in the shot, managed a throw of 40-4, followed by Paige Bunn with the fourth-best throw (36-11) and Sonia Faitau (33-1) for a total of 110-4. Winnetonka totaled 106-2 for second and Truman 98-2 for third. Truman’s top three throwers were Davielle Spears (35-1), Allie Webb (33-2) and Sariah Sauni (29-11).
“I’m happy, but I could’ve done better,” Bunn said. “Discus, I’m happy – shot, not as much.”
Cole’s discus toss of 124-5 led Fort Osage, followed by Bunn (97-4) and Faitau (88-6) for the winning total of 310-3. Webb had the top distance in the discus at 129-3, leading Truman to the second-best total of 305-1. Backing Webb were Luisa Sipinga (89-0) and Sauni (86-10).
Chrisman’s Jessica Roland had the 10th-best shot put (33-7) and 12th-best discus throw (96-9), while Bears teammate Chrissy HoChee had the ninth-best discus distance (97-11). Blue Springs’ Cherrelle Pouncil and Anna Williams placed 15th (32-6) and 17th (31-1), respectively, in the shot.