Sample places 7th at national AAU meet
Cole Sample has had a busy summer in the thrower’s circle, and he’s racked up plenty of hardware in the process.
Sample, an incoming sixth-grader at Tonganoxie Middle School, recently capped off his successful summer with a top-10 performance at the Amateur Athletic Union Junior Olympic track and field meet. Sample threw shot put and discus this summer as a member of the Johnson County Comets, which competes in several meets in Kansas and Missouri.
After numerous first- and second-place finishes in both events in the 11-year-old division, Sample punched his ticket to nationals when he won the shot and took second in the discus at a qualifier in Joplin, Mo. A scheduling conflict kept him from competing in the discus at nationals, which took place at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Mich., but he took seventh out of 60 participants in the shot with a throw of 32 feet, one-half inch.
Sample, who has three older siblings, 2012 THS grad Makayla, incoming senior Chase and incoming eight-grader Makenzie, combined for eight event titles and four runner-up finishes in six meets this season. He swept his two events at meets in Kansas City, Kan., Grandview, Mo., and El Dorado. His personal bests this season were 34 feet in the shot and 75 feet in the discus.