Athol’s Kris Selanis finishes sixth in shut put at National meet

  • EMERGING ELITE — Kris Selanis placed sixth in the shot put in the Emerging Elite section of the New Balance Nationals Indoor track event, Friday in New York. Selanis threw of 54 feet, 4.75 inches. Courtesy photo

Sports writer
Tuesday, March 13, 2018

ATHOL — Athol High School’s Kris Selanis competed in the Emerging Elite section of the New Balance Nationals Indoor track meet, held at the New York Armory in New York, Friday.

He took full advantage of the opportunity, placing sixth in the shot put with a throw of 54 feet, 4¾ inches.

“Right now I think his biggest attribute is his ability to shut everything out and not get flustered,” said Athol coach Dave St. Jean about Selanis’ accomplishments. “I have coached him for two years and I can say that he is one of the few athletes I’ve had that aren’t bothered by the spotlight.”

Selanis was tied for eighth going into his sixth and final throw. He reached 54-4¾ with the throw, moving him up two places. He tied Kyle Patel of Glenn Rock, New Jersey, who also threw 5-44¾, but placed ahead of Patel due to tiebreaker rules. The tiebreaker goes to the second best throw. Selanis beat Patel by ¼ of an inch when comparing each thrower’s second best attempt.

“His consistency paid off,” said St. Jean. “He had six solid throws and it worked out great for him.”

The national meet consists of two different tiers, the Championship level, which has a qualifying standard of 56-6, and the Emerging Elite, which has a qualifying standard of 51-6. When combining the two levels, 60 athletes from across the United States competed in the shot put. Selanis’ throw was the 29th best throw overall.

Elian Ahmar of Glen Burnie, Maryland, came in first in the Emerging Elite with a throw of 59-10½. Patrick Larrison of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, came in first in the Championship level with a throw of 67-6.

The National Scholastic Athletics Foundation held the event and is an organization that, according to its website, acts to inspire youth action and healthy lifestyles.

This past weekend was the 20th edition of the event. It features over 3,500 athletes from over 40 states. The event partnered with New Balance eight years ago.

The event ends the 2017-2018 indoor track season for Athol High School.

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