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Examiner
  • Members of throwing duo keep each other laughing

  • If Gus Toca and Jordan Chrisman ever decide to give up playing football or competing in track and field, they could take their show on the road.

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  • If Gus Toca and Jordan Chrisman ever decide to give up playing football or competing in track and field, they could take their show on the road.
    “Oh, they’re entertaining all right,” said Blue Springs track coach Joe Cusack. “I don’t get to be around them as much as I’d like to because I have to be a part of all the parts of the team.
    “But whenever I’m near them, I get a chuckle or two. They’ve got great personalities and really seem to enjoy each other’s company.”
    Toca won the discus at Friday’s Rusty Hodge Jaguar-Haldex Invitational and his best buddy, Chrisman, won the shot put.
    But Chrisman was in need of help.
    “Jordan needs therapy,” Toca said, sporting what may have been the greatest smile in the history of Blue Springs High School. “He’s never happy – even when he wins. He’s in serious need of therapy.”
    Chrisman, who was sitting on the turf inside Larry Stewart Memorial Stadium, was moaning and groaning and rolling from side to side.
    “Gus gets the meet record, and I miss it by a quarter of an inch,” said Chrisman, who won the event with a toss of 54-11.75.
    The meet record is 55-0.
    “A quarter of an inch,” Chrisman moaned.
    Toca looked at his teammate and shook his head.
    “Now, does this man need therapy or what?” asked Toca, whose throw of 176-11 was an easy record breaker.
    And he was quick to make sure Chrisman was aware of that special mark.
    Wildcats girls track coach Jennifer Reeder walked by the two Blue Springs standouts and asked if Chrisman broke the record.
    “He didn’t?” she asked, sporting an evil grin. “Oh, he promised me he would. I’m glad Gus could keep his promise.”
    Toca just laughed.
    Chrisman really wasn’t that concerned about missing the meet record, after all, he’s just a junior.
    But he can’t stand to think about a senior season without his buddy by his side.
    “We’re the dynamic duo, they can’t break us up,” Chrisman joked. “Come on, Gus. Do you have to go to college?”
    While Toca realizes this is his last go around, he’s hoping that one day he and Chrisman will be reunited at Pittsburg State, where Toca will play football and compete on the Gorillas’ track and field team.
    But before he thinks about college, he and Chrisman have some unfinished business.
    “Every day, before practice, we walk by the display that shows all the track records,” Chrisman said.
    Before he can complete another sentence, Toca adds, “Jack and Harris.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Earl Jack holds the Blue Springs discus mark of 182-4. Bart Harris is the shot put record holder.
    “Harris, 1991, 58-0,” Chrisman said. “There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t think about Bart Harris.”
    Toca nods in agreement.
    “We don’t know them, and they don’t know us, but we think about it, dream about it, we look at that record board every day,” Toca said. “We go by it on the way to practice and we just look and it motivates us. Just looking at that record board makes us work that much harder.”
    Cusack knows what they are talking about.
    “I hope that Earl Jack and Bart Harris read your column,” Cusack said, “because I would love to have them come to practice to meet Gus and Jordan. I want them to know how much they motivate those two guys.
    “This could be a special season for Gus and Jordan, and any extra motivation will only make them work that much harder.”
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