El­liott sweeps BAA throw­ing cir­cuit

The Sun Times (Owen Sound) - - SPORTS - GREG COWAN

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.

GREG COWAN/THE SUN TIMES

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.

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