Kory Broussard, a three-sport student-athlete for Capital High, has committed to throw the javelin for the Carroll College track and field team.
Broussard said that several colleges were interested in his wares, including Western State Colorado University (Gunnison, Colorado), Clarke University (Dubuque, Iowa) and Christian Brothers University (Memphis, Tennessee)
“But Carroll’s coaching staff was extremely welcoming and friendly,” said the Capital senior. “Coach (Jimmy) Stanton is the javelin coach and he already has one national champion, and I feel I have a chance to be a national champ and could be a multiple All-American.
“Their coaches have been very supportive and have always been very kind. Also, the academics at Carroll are some of the best, so I will be well prepared for my future once I’m out of school.”
Last year as a junior, Broussard captured the 2016 Western AA Division championship with a heave of 187 feet, 7 inches. The throw was a new PR by 14 feet, just eight inches shy of Trey Spirlin’s school record, and was the state’s best throw heading into the State AA Meet in Missoula.
At State, he was sitting in second place with a toss of 178-8 until the final throw of the competition. Then Bozeman's Cade Wessel uncorked a winning heave of 191-5, and Broussard had to settle for the third-place medal.
This spring, Broussard has renewed his goal to become the brown-and-gold’s second State javelin champ, and first in 32 years. Chris Avery was the last to turn the trick, in 1985.
One of Capital’s most popular athletes, Broussard’s good sportsmanship has garnered the respect of teammates and opponents alike, and according to CHS javelin coach Matt Reyant he is also “a coach’s dream.”
“Kory’s always on time and works extremely hard to improve,” said Reyant, an All-State thrower for the Bru-crew in 2010. “The thing that sets him apart is his attention to detail; he’s harder on himself than I could ever be.
“Ever since he was a freshman, Kory has always worked toward the next milestone … he’s never satisfied with what he did yesterday.”
The versatile Broussard will graduate with 11 varsity letters -- four each in wrestling and track, and three in football.
He played linebacker for the Bruins, amassing 225 defensive points from his linebacker position last fall. He posted 64 solo tackles and four tackles for loss, which ranked No. 5 and No. 4 on the team, respectively.
On the mats, Broussard was a two-time All-Stater, placing fourth his final two seasons in the 170- and 182-pound weight classes, compiling a two-year record of 53-29, with 40 pins. He went 27-15 this year, while leading the brown-and-gold with 23 staples.
In the weight room, his best lifts are a 475-pound dead lift, and a clean of 260.
Kory, whose parents are Keith and Kathleen Broussard, carries a 3.2 cumulative GPA in the classroom, after sporting a perfect 4.0 last semester. He plans on majoring in either computer science or biology at Carroll.