The Parkside Stampeder wins the junior men's event at OFSAA track and field in
Guelph, duplicating his golden result from a year ago at the midget level
Thursday, June 6, 2019
By Rob J. Ross
GUELPH, ON. - Arthur (A.J.) Stanat is an OFSAA champion in discus for a second consecutive year.
The Parkside C.I. student threw 52.65 metres to win the junior men's event, on day one of OFSAA track and field>, the provincial high school track and field championships, at Guelph University.
A year ago, Stanat won discus at the midget level.
After faulting in round one, a decent throw of 43.68 metres in round two moved Stanat into third place.
Then Stanat unleashed his personal best effort, an improvement by seven centimetres, lifting him to the top of the discus leader-board.
“It felt good. It really helped my confidence going into top eight, because I wasn’t too sure if I was going to make it or not. I was a bit nervous up to that point,” said Stanat. “I stayed composed and I had a really good throw. After that, I didn’t throw as well, but I think I was trying too hard to throw further than I already did.”
Stanat’s throws during the round of eight, were 43.70, 48.26 and 47.43 metres.
A year ago Stanat won the midget discus title, on his sixth and final throw, a 47.81 metre toss.
Sean Doughty, of Petawawa Valour High, was second with a best throw of 52.30 metres, moving up from 15th a year ago. Next was Nathaniel Miloje, at 50.18 metres, improving from eighth place and 10 metres further from his 2018 throw.
Stanat who has shot put on Friday, was one of four Elgin County athletes competing at OFSAA today.
Central Elgin Titan Hannah Onynema placed seventh in junior women's discus (33.14m).
St. Joseph's Ram Aiden Coles qualified for the midget men's 1500-metre run final, with the fourth fastest heat time (4:19.12).
East Elgin Eagle Julie Nagelhout finished 14th, in midget women's long jump (4.74m).
Kyra Vellinga, a St. Thomas Legion
club member, who attends Chatham Christian school finished ninth, in the junior
women’s 400 metre run (59.47 seconds).