MISSISSAUGA – The Northwestern Huskies’ Garrett James, 18, placed seventh in the Senior boys javelin throw here last Thursday at the OFSAA track and field championship held at St. Marcellinus Secondary School.
In a field of 24 of the best throwers in the province, James’ best toss of 47.22 metres came on his third throw of the competition, which was good enough to place him into the competition finals (top eight) and another three throws.
Matt Withers, of Sarnia Northern, won gold with a throw of 54.85 metres, and Noah Rolph of Parkside in St. Thomas, won silver with a toss of 52.17 metres.
“Garrett is very serious about taking his javelin throwing to the next level as he has joined with the London-Western Track and Field Club for this summer,” NW coach Randy Johnson said.
“Garrett’s personal best of 51.39 metres (at OFSAA Regionals last week) has qualified him for the Canadian Junior (19 and under) National Track and Field championships held in Sainte-Thérèse, Quebec on July 4-6.
“His 51.39 metre throw surpassed the Canadian Junior National championship qualifying standard of 51.00 metres.”
James also has one year of high school eligibility remaining. He has his sights set on another OFSAA Javelin appearance and hopefully an OFSAA medal in 2015.
Broughton 14th in discus
Northwestern's Taylor Broughton placed 14th in Junior girls discus at the OFSAA track and field meet on Saturday, June 7.
In a field of 24 top-notch throwers, Broughton’s best throw of 25.27 came on her third toss. She missed making the top eight final (and another three throws) by 1.47 metres.
Denise Boalogh, of Card Carter, won gold with a throw of 35.13 metres, while Morgan Desjardins, of ES de Pain Court, won silver with 31.54 metres.
Broughton has a personal best of 28.66 metres that she threw at OFSAA Regionals the previous weekend in Windsor.
This is her second straight OFSAA appearance in the discus. She placed eighth in the province last year as an OFSAA Midget competitor.
St. Mikes OFSAA results
St. Michael Warriors Junior girls relay team finished with a team best time of 51.64 seconds to take 14th place at OFSAA last Thursday.
It was especially impressive because their anchor runner Erin Ingoldsby was at OFSAA soccer in Collingwood.
Grade 9 athlete Erin Kuepfer ran the anchor in her place.
St. Mikes had two athletes compete on Day 3 of the OFSAA track and field championships Saturday.
Craig Klomp finished 13th in the Senior boys 800 metres, and Erin Kuepfer was 18th in the Midget girls triple jump.