Three seems to be the magic number for one South Carolina phenomenon on and off the athletic fields
With a distinctive prowess for success in track and field, soccer and golf, as well as in the classroom, North Myrtle Beach High School junior Savannah Jordan has become a triple threat for the Lady Chiefs.
Her latest challenge was her third straight trip to the USATF Hershey’s National Junior Olympic Championships held in Sacramento California. She has qualified four times overall.
In previous years, she has participated at the nationals level in Jacksonville, Florida, and Greensboro, North Carolina. She participated in California after taking first place at the state level for South Carolina in Winthrop University in Rock Hill.
At the state meet, Jordan threw 29.13m (95 feet, 7in). Her best throw to date has been 32.73m (107 feet, 4in).
Javelin has become fairly new for the area at the high school level, even though this is her third year competing in the event at the club level. The AAAA Region VI high school division is just beginning the event for local teams. Jordan has participated through both the Florence (SC) Track Club and the Myrtle Beach (SC) Track Club.
In California, Jordan finished 20th overall with a throw of 28.12m (92 feet, 3in). The throw came amidst some of the toughest competition she has faced to date. Every competition has made her more in depth as a thrower and competitor.
“I have definitely gotten better over the past two years,” said Jordan about javelin. “With the help of coaches and my family being so supportive.”
She is quick to recognize while participating at the high school level, the club level can vary in competition.
“Both USATF and high school are fun, but very different. Each have their own level of competition because in high school, you are competing against all people from seventh grade to 12th grade,” added Jordan. “In USATF, you are competing with children in your age group.
Jordan picked up the javelin after watching some of her teammates throw. She has also participated at the state and club level in the high jump reaching the state meets. Her best height in the high jump has been 5’1 to date.
“I started javelin when I saw others from my track team that were older than me throwing,” she said. “I thought it was very interesting and looked like so much fun.”
“The most challenging part of my event is the precise way to throw. You have to make every move correct, but calm and comfortable to throw the javelin the way it is made to be thrown. Once you have the form, you have the throw.”
Athletics runs in her family, as while in California, she had the experience of competing alongside her brother Sam, who is an eighth grader at North Myrtle Beach High School. He competed in the triple jump for the Myrtle Beach Track Club at the USATF Nationals.
Sam finished sixth at the state level with a jump of 9.14m and placed 35th overall in California. He also wrestles for North Myrtle Beach and he participates in both the 100m hurdles and the long jump for both the Chiefs and for the Myrtle Beach Track Club.
“It’s fun being able to take my brother to nationals,” said Jordan. “This is my fourth time qualifying and this is my brother’s first so this was a great experience for both him and me.”
While in California, the family did get a chance to see the Golden Gate Bridge, take a tour of Alcatraz and visit Yosemite among other sites from Sacramento to San Francisco.
In track, Jordan trains with Don Santianna and number one nationally ranked javelin participant Capers Williamson.
Jordan trained with Williamson at Furman University in Greenville before the nationals meet.
“Coach Don has been my coach since I was very young and has helped mold me to the athlete I am today. Capers has helped me tremendously throughout the times we have met throughout this year,” said Jordan.
Her most challenging decision in athletics may be figuring out which sport to play.
In the fall season, Jordan has helped lead both the West Florence High School and now the North Myrtle Beach High School golf team to success on the links.
As well as in the fall, she has helped lead both the Florence Soccer Association teams and now the Coast FA travel teams as goalkeeper for travel soccer.
In the spring season, Jordan plays soccer for the Lady Chiefs and participates in both the javelin and the high jump for the blue and gold. She placed second in the 4A Region this spring in the high jump.
“Soccer and golf are very different sports, so it gives me a break from one to the other. I love them both,” said Jordan. “I can’t necessarily decide what my favorite sport is; that is why I play three. My most challenging sport is golf. with the form and patience of the sport.”
Jordan has looked at many different colleges from South Carolina, North Carolina and Tennessee, including, but not not limited to Clemson, Coastal Carolina (where she recently attended soccer camp), Tennessee, NC State, UNC Chapel Hill, Elon, Winthrop, Furman, and multiple Division II schools. She does have a dream where she would like to end up at least for now.
“My dream college is Clemson University where I would like to do my undergrad work in biology,” added Jordan. “I would love to do athletics there as well.”
She brings a distinctive advantage to the athletic fields through her success in the classroom. She holds a 4.868 GPA, she is member of the National Honor Society and the student council. She also completed over 80 hours of community service last year.
And if playing three sports and excelling in the class was not enough, Jordan has done both modeling and acting. She has done a Lenovo commercial, a commercial about stopping bullying for the Wilmington Police Department and several others.