Iola High senior Darin Hutton signs a national letter of intent to compete in track and field at Neosho County Community College in Chanute next year. On hand for Monday’s signing were his parents (seated) Gregg and Roxanne Hutton of Iola, Iola High head track coach Marvin Smith (left) and NCCC head track coach Darin Schmitz (right).
Track or football.
Iola High senior Darin Hutton has had success in both sports. He had offers to compete in both at the college level starting next year.
Hutton chose track Monday when he signed a national letter of intent with Neosho County Community College in Chanute.
“Neosho County has nice facilities and the best coach I could find in throws,” Hutton said. “And it’s close to home.”
Hutton, who is a two-time state track meet qualifier in the discus, said he was excited about getting the opportunity to throw not only the discus and shot but the hammer and weight.
“Those are two events I’ve never attempted and it should be fun,” Hutton said.
Neosho County head track coach Darin Schmitz said he was pleased to get a thrower of Hutton’s caliber for the Panther program.
“Darin is dedicated to the sport and to improving himself in the throws. Plus he enjoys the sport and if you enjoy what you are doing, then you will do better at it,” Schmitz said.
Schmitz said Hutton has room to grow and improve in the throwing events.
Hutton is the top thrower in both the discus and shot put returning this season for the Iola High boys’ track team. He placed 14th in Class 4A state discus competition as a sophomore and 15th at the state meet as a junior.
Hutton is undecided on a college major. He is the son of Gregg and Roxanne Hutton of Iola.