Elliott sweeps BAA throwing circuit
Jeremy Elliott was turning heads at the Bluewater Athletic Association’s track and field championship in Kincardine on Thursday.
Rumours swirled during the senior shot put final about a big junior who threw the weighted ball farther than any of the older athletes.
He even threw it past a volunteer tasked with measuring the distances.
“That was me,” the 16-year-old from Sacred Heart happily admitted. His first-place toss of 16.20 metres cleared the second-place finisher by nearly four metres.
Elliott is the younger brother of Tony Elliott who landed a Division 1 NCAA scholarship to Valparaiso University in Indiana after dominating the BAA ranks.
Tony was there on Thursday to watch his BAA junior discuss record fall at the feet of his younger brother.
Jeremy threw the disk 54.29 metres.
“It was a good throw, he was
pretty happy for me,” said the younger Elliott. He hopes to follow in his brother’s footsteps and head down south for university athletics.
The brothers’ path to track and field success started when Tony walked by an after-school practice at Walkerton District.
“It was Grade 4 or 5, my brother Tony actually started in high jump and sprinting - that didn’t go so well,” Elliott said with a smile.
One day their dad came to pick up Tony and it was quickly suggested, based on the elder Elliott’s build, the youngster switch to throwing.
“I thought I would be pretty good
at it too, so I started,” said Elliott. “I always watch the Olympic throwers to watch the technique.”
Elliott won three silver medals at OFSAA a year ago.
One person who was happy to see the older Elliott brother out of a Sacred Heart tracksuit was Brandon Wilson. The St. Mary’s senior finally had a clear path to shot put victory.
“I was always behind Elliott,” he joked. “This is the first year I’ve actually won anything . . . it feels great.”
The 19-year-old has taken on the role of player-coach at St. Mary’s. His younger brother Travis finished second in the senior division shot put final.
“The technique means a lot. It’s momentum,” he said. “It’s about starting low and putting everything into it and exploding high.”
Jamieson Carr’s crash-course in javelin paid off on Thursday. The Owen Sound District senior picked up the sport just over two months ago and collected the senior girls first-place ribbon at the championship meet Thursday.
“I wanted to try it out,” she said.
“I thought it was a cool idea and my coaches wanted me to do it. It’s pretty exciting.”
Carr also finished first in the senior girls 200-metre dash.
Other notable performances on Thursday came from Sam Myles who swept the junior boys jumping circuit. The athlete from Walkerton District finished atop the podium in high jump, long jump and triple jump.
Owen Sound District’s Jenelle Lyman won the junior girls 400, 200, and 100-metre races. She was also a part of the OSDSS 4x100metre relay team which finished first.
Junior Samara Quanz from Saugeen District won the girls open 1,500-metre steeplechase, and the girls 3,000-metre and 800-metre races.
Sacred Heart’s Cameron Blythe defended his crown in the boys 100-metre ambulatory dash with a time of 54.23.
The Central Western Ontario Secondary School Association’s (CWOSSA) track and field championship is scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday at Jacob Hespeler Secondary School in Cambridge.
Jeremy Elliott capped off a successful day by finishing first in the junior boys javelin toss. He also finished first in the shot put and discus throw during the 2018 Bluewater Athletic Association's track and field championship at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine.