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By Troy Treasure
North Shelby junior Noah Greenwell had watched his older brother, Elijah, throw the javelin before. Noah was curious.
However, prior to this spring, Greenwell had never actually held a javelin.
“It kind of felt like a pole,” he said. “It was very awkward to throw the first couple of times just because it’s so long.
“It’s not like throwing a football or a baseball. It’s completely different form in the way you have to throw your arm,” he added.
Greenwell broke the NS record in the javelin at Atlanta on Wednesday, April 14 finishing first in the event. His throw of 36.90 meters (121-feet, one inch) broke the previous high-mark set by Gus Williams in 2018.
Greenwell indicated the javelin throw is a technique-driven specialty – thus, he admitted, his is a work still in progress.
“There are about about eight different things that combine at the very end to make sure you get the correct amount of distance and right height on your javelin,” he explained. “It’s kind of hard to get all those down.”
Greenwell’s immediate goal to chase district leaders and surpass them, then qualify for state competition.
Noah wanted to thank Donnie Williams and Bryce Johnston for their assistance as he pursues further successes in the event.
In other results from Atlanta, Riley Hill took first in the boys discus throw.
Caroline Linberger was tops in the girls long jump. Whitney Shinn placed third in the triple jump.
Shinn finished second in both the 100- and 200-meters. Linberger was third in the 100, fourth in the 200.
Marissa McEwen had a second-place finish in the discus. She was third in the javelin.
The 4×100-meter relay team of Shinn, McEwen, Gracie von Thun and Linberger placed second.
The 4×200-meter group of Layne Parshall, Zoe Barrrick, von Thun and McEwen was fourth. In the 100-meter hurdles, von Thun was fourth.
The boys 4×100-meter team of Jeremiaha Pratt, Donnie Horner, Hill and Greenwell placed fourth.
The following athletes scored team points by finishing in the Top 8:
Boys: Fady Francis, discus, sixth; long jump, Greenwell, eighth; 100-meters, Horner, eighth; 200-meters, Horner, seventh; Riley Hill, shot put, eighth; Pratt, 800-meters, sixth; Aden Johnston, high jump, eighth.
Girls: Alexa Mesmer, discus, fifth; Mesmer, shot put, tied for fifth; 100-meter hurdles, Barrick, sixth; Parshall, 400-meters, seventh; Barrick, 400-meters, eighth; Mesmer, javelin, eighth.
The previous day (Tuesday, April 13), North Shelby competed in the Jerry Ball Relays at Highland. Of the 13 schools participating, the NS girls finished eighth overall; second among Class 1 schools.
Shinn sprinted to second-place finishes in both the 100- and 200-meters. She was third in the triple jump.
Linberger was second in the long jump, fourth in the 100-meters and eighth in the 200.
Shinn, McEwen, von Thun and Linberger placed seventh in 4×100 relay.