Sam Hankins

Manhattan senior javelin thrower Sam Hankins has won the Kansas boys javelin state championship the last three years, Hankins hopes to keep practicing toward the goal of throwing in the 2024 Summer Olympic Games in Paris.

Manhattan High star javelin thrower Sam Hankins finally has a college destination.

Hankins, a three-time 6A individual state champions in the javelin, announced his commitment to Texas A&M on Twitter on Thursday.

Hankins told The Mercury when it selected him as the Athlete of the Year that he hopes to one day compete in the Olympics, and is focused on the 2024 Games.

While Hankins is a three-time state champ, he hasn’t always been in the lead in those meets. Hankins was trailing at state back in May but made throws of 206 feet, 9 inches and 202 feet, 3 inches to clinch another title.

Hankins has broken records both for the state and nationally.

One of his most recent was in May when he threw 220 feet, 2 inches at the Dakota Relays in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, which was the longest throw in the country by a high school male athlete.