Competing with 16 other throwers, Centre sophomore Kate Basore medaled in javelin Saturday with a seventh-place finish at the state track meet in Wichita.
Although the Wheat State League champion’s best throw of 121 feet, 9 inches was good enough to earn a medal, it was not good enough for her.
“I did not throw as well as I could have,” she said. “I was more than 10 feet short of my personal record at the regional meet.”
It was Kate’s first trip to the state meet came after she competed in shot put and javelin during the regular season for two seasons and threw the discus the previous year. She finished this year’s season as the leading scorer for the girls team.
She said javelin was different than other sports, like basketball, in which daily practice is important. In javelin, Kate focuses more on form to improve her throw.
“If you throw too much, you could hurt your arm,” she said.
She is glad she has two more years in which to improve her performance. This summer, Kate already has joined a Herington swim team and plans to attend a canoeing camp to stay in shape.
Centre’s last medalist was Brenna Shields, who placed seventh in javelin in 2014.