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 Final throw gives Stanat bronze


   Parkside CI athlete places third in midget men's shot put at OFSAA track and field


Thursday June 7, 2018






By Rob J. Ross 

TORONTO, ON. - It is a throw Arthur Stanat will remember for quite awhile.

Stanat saved his best for last, earning the Parkside Collegiate Institute athlete a bronze medal, in midget men's shot put, at the OFSAA track and field championships, at York University.

Sitting seventh, entering the sixth and final round of the competition, Stanat threw a 14.99 metre toss, a personal best effort, which shot him into the third position.

"My first two throws weren't that good. I was nervous. I had to kick the nerves out and step up and throw farther. Each throw got better as I went on," said Stanat.  "On my last throw I threw 14.99, almost 15 (metres). I'm a little disappointed, just one centimetre away, but I'm really happy about winning a bronze medal."

Stanat improved his PB by a half a metre, from the regional meet a week earlier.

"I put all I had behind it and was excited to find out what it was. I was very pleased. I knew it was a good throw," said Stanat on his final put. "I had to stop thinking about and just keeping throwing my hardest and working on technique."

Ryan Latour, of Barrie St. Joseph's won the event, with a toss of 15.35 metres. Sarnia Northern's Blake Foster, threw 15.05 metres, for the silver medal. Seven athletes had distances over 14 metres.

"The competition was really tight overall," said Stanat. "Everyone was throwing over 14 pretty consistently. I knew I had to step up."

Stanat returns to OFSAA on Saturday for midget men's discus.

Tayah De Sousa just missed the podium, landing in fourth place, in midget women's long jump, with a best distance of 5.17 metres, one centimetre short of third place.

The Central Elgin Titan expressed her jumps weren't her best.

"It didn't go so well. I faulted three times. The 5.17 was the last jump of the first round and my first two jumps of the second round were faults," said De Sousa. "I was really nervous actually. They may have gotten to me a little bit."

Jaden Mullings, of Hamilton Bishop Tonnes, won the gold medal, with  leap of 5.24 metres.

"I was hoping for a medal, but I do still have hurdles," De Sousa said. "We'll see how that goes."

Heats for the hurdles begin Friday at 9 a.m.
Hallee Knelsen, from East Elgin secondary school, qualified for Friday's midget women's 1500 metre race final. Her time of 4:52.9 was

The East Elgin Eagle was fifth in her heat, the faster of the two heats, but her time of 4:52.9 advanced her to the final, Friday at 3 p.m. The top four in each heat and next four fastest times move on. All qualifiers for the final had heat times under 4:56.

"I stuck with them (lead pack of four runners). I think I can take it out faster tomorrow (in the final). Everyone was going for the (qualifying) spots, so no use wasting extra energy," said Knelsen, who was confident her time would move her on. "I was pretty sure it was. I ran faster today than my seed time. All I can do is my best so I'll see where that gets me."

Essex's Taylor Campeau had the fastest qualifying time for the midget women, at 4:48.79.

Knelsen has her second race, the midget women's 800 metres, on Saturday.

Parkside's Jack Carlson finished 18th, in the midget men's 400 metre dash, missing a qualifying spot in the final.

Ten athletes in total, from the St. Thomas - Elgin County and Dorchester area, are at OFSAA, today through Saturday.

Competing on Friday or Saturday are CECI Titans' Hannah Onyema (midget women's shot put and discus) and Hayden Bell (senior men's high jump); Parkside's Anij Sparenberg (junior women's discus) and Lord Dorchester Beavers' Leaha Johnston (midget women's javelin) and Owen Pink (midget men's 3000 metres).