At this point in the season there are only three high school boys over 200 feet in the javelin across the entire state of Kansas, a mark that is always going to rank near the top in the country. One of those marks comes to you from Lawrence High School from its outstanding senor javelin thrower Hunter Krom.
Krom has only been throwing the javelin for two years and is already one of the top javelin throwers in the country. His mark of 204’2 is currently second in Kansas, only behind sophomore phenom Samuel Hankins of Manhattan. While Hankins mark (211'10) ranks fourth in the country, Krom's ranks sixth in the US. Krom qualified for state in his first year to ever throw the javelin just two years ago and took second in 6A last year.
Krom, who also doubles as a high school football player and bowler, will throw collegiately at Baker University next season. When he enters Baker as a javelin thrower he will automatically be considered a contender to win a national title in the javelin each and every year that he throws. With his PR of 204’2 he would have taken fourth at the national NAIA meet last season. He will also be on the bowling team at Baker University in nearby Baldwin City. Krom had a big senior season earning All-Sunflower honors at running back for the Chesty Lions this past fall. Krom had 334 yards rushing yards with three touchdowns in a single game this past fall against SM Northwest in Coach Dirk Wedd's 100th win in his final year.
Picking up the javelin was natural for Krom because of his dad, Jay, being a collegiate javelin thrower at Wichita State University. 25 years ago at the state outdoor in Wichita, Jay won the 5A state title in the javelin (old specs) for Great Bend going 212’1.
Krom is not satisified with being an elite high school javelin thrower with his current marks. He wants more and always wants to get better. He has his sites set on being the best in Kansas this season and perhaps the best in the country.
“I don’t want to think I am really good at something I do. The only thing I want to think about is how I can get better. My biggest strengths are my competitiveness and dedication.” Krom said
Krom knows it won’t be easy to capture the 6A crown next month at Cessna Stadium in Wichita because his major challenger is one of the best in Kansas, Sam Hankins of Manhattan, who we mentioned above.
“Sam Hankins is definitely the best thrower I have ever faced. Sam and I are very competitive towards each other and we both strive to be the best.” Krom said.
Cessna and Wichita are still over a month away but the KU Relays in Krom’s hometown of Lawrence are this weekend. Expect a loaded field for one of the best meets in the Midwest. Krom is also ready for some better throwing conditions, however he still went over 191 feet and took first in his meet despite two lightening delays and didn’t throw till 10 pm at night last Friday night. We caught up with the outstanding senior thrower below in the latest Q&A edition of Faces in KS.
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Q&A w/ Krom
How did you get involved with sports?
My family has always been involved in athletics, so it was just a natural fit that I would be too. My parents introduced me to ball sports before I could go to school, so everything just fell into place from there.
What are the goals and expectations this season?
My goals for this season is to throw 230 feet and to be number one in the country.
What is it like to go your school?
There is a lot of competition like any other school. There are also so many amazing athletes. Going to Lawrence High School means that you will always have the heart of a lion, and that means that you can get through anything no matter how hard it is, and that you will always shine when it counts.
So young and already so good, what has that been like?
I don’t want to think I am really good at something I do. The only thing I want to think about is how I can get better. I hear people talk about how “good” I am, but that only gives me more motivation to improve.
How awesome is Cessna?
Cessna is an amazing stadium. My dad threw javelin there when he was in college, so I get that feeling of tradition when I compete there.
What are your strengths and weaknesses?
My biggest strengths are my dedication and competitiveness with everything I do. My weakness would have to be managing my time to do everything. That is definitely something I need to work on.
Take us through what kind of training you go through year round?
After track season, I focused on football training, so from around June to November it was all football. After that I worked on technique and did what I could as the weather permitted. Around a month before the season starts is when I really hit it hard, and if it is nice enough outside I will work on throwing.
How’s the recruiting process going and who’s talking to you?
The recruiting process was good. I have completed the process with my commitment to Baker University for track and bowling.
Other key athletes on your team this year and what type of team should you have?
My good friend Harry King throws javelin as well and we always compete with each other and help each other out year-round. We have an amazing team this year with lots of talent.
What is your coach like to throw for?
I have a new coach this year, so we are still learning each other’s personalities and building a friendship, but so far so good.
Best thrower you’ve ever faced and who are some key ones this year?
Sam Hankins is definitely the best thrower I have ever faced. Sam and I are very competitive towards each other and we both strive to be the best. Another key thrower is my teammate Harry King.
Do you play any other sports, tell us about that and your accomplishments/goals?
I have played football since 3rd grade and have loved it. This was my last year playing and it was very emotional, but all great things come to an end and I did everything I could do and gave it my all. I also bowl and I have been doing that for a long time. It is a fun thing to do in the off season and it is also fun to beat my friends if we go bowling.
What’s it like to grow up in your town?
Growing up in Lawrence means that I have to build a name for myself and make sure I do everything I can so people know my name and hopefully be a role model for the youth.
Favorite subject in school?
My favorite subject in school is science.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
In 10 years I see myself still in progress to be a neurosurgeon.
Best place to eat in your surrounding area?
The best place to eat around here would have to be five guys. Best burgers around!