True headed to Shockers



June 4, 2014 - 12:00 AM

LE ROY — Aaron True didn’t have time to stick around to see that he made history Friday.

True, a Southern Coffey County senior, was in the midst of competing in the javelin throw at the Kansas State Track Meet when the call sounded for him to join his teammates on SCC’s 4×400-meter relay race.

To allow for the schedule conflict, organizers allowed True to toss two of his three final round throws back-to-back before scurrying from the javelin pit to the race track at Wichita State University Cessna Stadium.

Already in first place by nearly five feet, True uncorked his two best throws of the meet.

The first went 186 feet, 4 inches; the second set a state meet record of 202 feet. True was the new state record holder and gold medalist.

“I think throwing in a hurry like that probably helped him,” said Jeff True, Aaron’s father and high school track coach. “He still had a lot of adrenaline for his second throw.”

This won’t be the only opportunity to throw at the Wichita stadium. On Monday, True signed a letter of intent to throw the javelin at Wichita State.

At WSU, True will be under the tutelage of head track coach Steve Rainbolt, a decorated javelin thrower in college.

“I really like my coaches,” True said, noting Rainbolt threw the javelin 256 feet when he was in college. “That gives me something to shoot for.”

True had drawn attention from other colleges in the area, but had no problems picking WSU.

“That was the only college I visited,” he said.

True also had no qualms opting for track and field instead of basketball, where he was a standout performer at Southern Coffey County.

“I’d have to work a lot harder at basketball,” he joked. “I’ve always enjoyed playing street ball more, anyway.”

True’s studies will keep him plenty occupied. 

An honors student at SCC, True plans to major in mechanical engineering at Wichita State.