Sherwood throwers shine at nationals
They were among the best in the state.
They kept shining at regionals.
And their was no let up at nationals.
A group of javelin throwers from the Sherwood Youth Track Club showed that they're among the best in the nation with strong performances at the USA Track and Field National Junior Olympic Championships, held July 30-Aug. 5 at North Carolina A&T University, located in Greensboro, N.C.
"It was truly an impressive year for our throwers as we ended up with four state champions, four regionals champions and qualified eight javelin throwers for nationals," said Kent Newberry, who is the javelin coach for the Sherwood Youth Track Club. "The group this year is dedicated, super competitive, and precise. I say precise, as the javelin is a very technical event and these kids have taken great pride in using good technique to throw far. They put in the extra time doing drills, studying the sport, and breaking down videos. Each athlete knows what they are working on to get better."
Among those leading the way for Sherwood javelin throwers at the national meet was Sheppard Kilkenny, who finished in third place in the boys ages 11-12 division with a throw of 123 feet, 6 inches.
By placing in the top eight at the national meet, Kilkenny, along with Sherwood teammates Asher Krauel and Austin Milton, earned All-American status.
Kilkenny, at the national meet, also finished sixth in the 11-12 discus, with a throw of 101-5.75 and he was 35th in the javelin at 31-5.
Kilkenny had previously won state and regional championships in the javelin competition.
"Sheppard Kilkenny probably made the most improvement throughout the season," Newberry said. "He began the season throwing in the mid 90s and increased to almost 130 feet which is crazy far for a fifth-grader."
Krauel, at nationals, took fourth place in the boys 15-16 javelin event with a personal-best throw of 159-1. Krauel had previously won state and regional titles in the javelin.
The All-American honor is the second for Krauel, who has won state championships in 2018, 2015, 2013 and 2012.
Milton finished in fifth place in the boys 13-14 javelin competition with a mark of 147-1.75. Milton had previously captured state and regional championships in the javelin.
"Austin was most impressive at state with a throw of 152-9," Newberry said. "A throw this far for a seventh-grader is almost unheard of."
For the Sherwood girls, Evylee Bugher finished 10th in the ages 9-10 javelin event with a toss of 75-5.5. Bugher also finished ninth in the shot put, 11th in the high jump, 17th in the 200-meter dash and 17th in the triathlon.
McKenzie Milton finished 28th in the ages 11-12 javelin event with a throw of 66-0.5.