Manhattan High sophomore Sam Hankins is one of 28 high school athletes selected to represent Team NSAF in an international junior competition June 2 at the Grand Bahama Stadium in Freeport, Bahamas.
The event is the continuation of what originated as the Caribbean Scholastic Invitational, launched by the NSAF in 2006.
Team NSAF picked 14 boys and 14 girls from 13 different states for the event. Hankins is the only athlete from Kansas chosen for the competition.
Hankins, who is one of the top javelin throwers in the nation, set a school record in the event at the regional meet Saturday at Lawrence Free State.
Hankins recorded a throw of 220-09 to win the boys’ javelin competition.
The winning throw bested the previous program-record toss of 219-05, set by Matt Schwandt in 2003. Hankins finished just shy of the national record for a sophomore, which is 221-02.
Hankins, who claimed a state championship in javelin as a freshman, looks to defend his crown this weekend at the Class 6A state tournament at Wichita State University. The 6A boys javelin competition is slated to start at 1:15 p.m. Friday.