Four William Chrisman track & field athletes break school records

Posted at 10:40 PM, Apr 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-30 23:40:15-04

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — No matter the level of athletics — prep, college, or professional, it's certainly lots of talent and competition. It's not easy for an athlete to break a record.

The William Chrisman track & field team currently have four members of the team that have broken various school records this year.

  • Senior Daniel Carson broke a 40-year boys shot put record several weeks ago. He threw 57 feet 11 inches breaking the record set by Dean Rohr back in 1978.
  • Junior Camryn Holloman broke the girls triple jump school record previously made in 2012 with a jump of 37 feet 1 inch.
  • Freshman Jacqueline David broke a 15-year girls discus throw record at 132 feet 1 inch.
  • Senior Jordon Woods broke a 16-year boys triple jump record at 47 feet 3.75 inches.

That's a special achievement.

William Chrisman track & field head coach Tyler Rathke is a mild-mannered guy that doesn't show a lot of emotion according to some on his team. But, he was certainly surprised to have four team members have school records while on the team simultaneously.

"I have not seen something like this at a high school or collegiate level unless you're talking about a school that was built within a short amount of time of a new program starting," Rathke said. "For a school of this age to have four current school record holders all at the same time is really special."

Daniel Carson felt confident that he had a very solid throw when he broke the record.

"When I threw it, it came off the right way," Daniel said. "I said, 'That's it.' I knew that was it. And, ever since, you know, I've been trying to feel that same feeling. Hopefully, it'll be there a few more times."

Carson stands a 6 feet 5 inches and 260 pounds, recently committed to play football at University of Texas, which is a Big 12 school, as a defensive end. He said there are some similarities between football and shot put.

"In track, when you throw, you have to use your hips. And, you have to have good hips to play football, you know, especially at D-Line," Daniel said. "You have to use your hips, flip your hips to get open and stuff like that. So, I feel like they coincide with each other and they help each other out."

While Daniel had a feeling about his good performance. Jacqueline David really didn't know how well she threw in the discus competition. 

"I didn't [know] actually. I threw. Then, I went up to throw [the] javelin. And, Coach Rathke was in the cart driving by. He was like, 'What did you throw?' I was like,'132-1,'" Jacqueline said while showing the clapping motion that Coach Rathke made after her performance. "I was like, what does [the clapping] mean? He was like school record."

Junior girls triple jumper Camryn Holloman played soccer for seven years before deciding to change her sport. 

"My mom really wanted me to try at track because I was always the fastest soccer girl out there," Holloman said. "So, I tried it and I really loved it. And, I just haven't looked back."