Jeremy Elliott, a junior at Sacred Heart in Walkerton, has won the gold medal in shot-put at the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations West track and field championships in Windsor.
Elliott’s best throw of 17.33-metres came on his fourth attempt and was good enough to edge out Madhill’s Jacklin Ryan who threw a 17.26-metre shot on his first and only recorded attempt.
With the gold, Elliott has qualified for provincials at the OFSAA track and field championships at York University starting Thursday and running through Saturday.
Elliott also qualified for the junior boys discus and javelin provincial finals by finishing in the top-four of both events.
Elliott swept the throwing events in both the Bluewater Athletic Association and CWOSSA track and field championships.
The Crusader finished second in discus and third in the javelin at OFSAA West.
Other athletes from the BAA to qualify for OFSAA include Saugeen District’s Samara Quanz. The junior finished third in the girls 1500-metre open steeplechase with a time of 5:09.35.
Quanz won gold in the junior girls 3000-metre run with a time of 10:19.96.
Saugeen’s Emily Bryce won the midget girls 1500-metre run with a time of 4:48.40. She had a six-second cushion on the second-place finisher. Bryce went on to finish first in the midget girls 3000-metre run with a time of 10:17.39.
Aidan Hinsperger from Sacred Heart finished fourth in the midget boys 100-metre dash with a time of 11.77.
He also qualified for the midget boys 200-metre race by finishing second at OFSAA West. Teammate Ryan Caughy finished fourth and qualifies as well.
Saugeen’s Daniel Khan finished fourth in the boys 1500-metre race with a time of 4:13.95.
Liam Fitzgerald of the Kincardine District Knights won the junior boys 3000-metre run with a time of 9:13.99.
Georgian Bay Thunder athlete Spencer Brook placed second in the junior boys 800-metre race with a time of 2:00.37.
Martin Billie, from Sacred Heart, placed second in junior girls shot-put with a throw of 12.44 metres.
The Sacred Heart midget 4x100-metre relay team of Nick Frieburger, Ryan Caughy, Kyle Ermel, and Aidan Hinsperger finished fourth with a time of 46.73.
Athletes from all over Ontario who have qualified for the OFSAA track and field championships will compete at York Lions Stadium starting Thursday.