Sandy (Utah) Jordan High junior Austin Kafentzis has made his name as a University of Wisconsin-bound quarterback recruit, capturing MaxPreps National Player of the Year honors for the Class of 2015 as a high school freshman and sophomore, but his arm is shattering Utah prep records in another sport, too.
Competing for Jordan's track team at the BYU Invitational in Provo, Kafentzis destroyed the 13-year-old state javelin record with a throw of 217 feet, 10 inches. His performance bested former Green River standout Jordan Bayles' 2001 record of 202-1 by more than 15 feet. Kafentzis had never reached 200 feet in his javelin throwing career before acheiving that mark four times on his record-breaking Saturday.
His top effort also ranks No. 3 among U.S. prep competitors in 2014, just five feet shy of Portland (Ore.) Central Catholic senior John Nizich's national best. So, not only is Kafentzis ranked as the nation's No. 23 pro-style QB in the Class of 2015 by Rivals.com, he's also among the country's best track talents.
"It’s not completely the same, obviously, but a lot of it is — enough of it is to where I feel the transition of throwing a javelin opposed to a football isn’t all that difficult," he told the Deseret News. "I have great coaches, great teammates, and they get all the credit for anything I was able to do today."
Kafentzis is no stranger to state records. Only a high school junior, the 6-foot-1, 195-pound quarterback already holds Utah prep football records for career offense, amassing nearly 14,000 total yards and 150 total touchdowns in his first three seasons. He also has won state championships in both sports.
It's scary to think what Kafentzis might be capable with yet another year of high school under his belt.