A Queens County athlete has shot up the ranks for the junior shot-put in Canada.
Sarah Mitton stands on the podium after the Athletics Canada Indoor Open. Although she had the highest throw in the competition, she was not able to claim the medal as she is not from Ontario. Her fellow competitors insisted she stand on the podium with the medal regardless. Mitton’s throw gave her the second highest ranking in Canadian junior shot put this season.
Seventeen year old Sarah Mitton received a ranking of 2nd in Canada for junior shot-put while scoping out a university.
Mitton was checking out universities in Ontario on the March 1 weekend when she was asked to participate in a shot-put competition at York University.
Although she couldn’t win a medal, she competed in the competition, which earned her the ranking of 2nd in junior shot-put this season. Her throw was 13 metres and 52 cm. The throw was also the best at the competition.
“Anyone is allowed to throw, it’s just I wasn’t allowed to officially win,” says Mitton.
Only competitors from Ontario could compete for medals in this particular competition but anyone could throw shot put to receive an official ranking. The competition was the Athletics Canada Indoor Open.
Mitton has done track around seven years and has been focusing on shot put for a while.
She competes for Liverpool Regional High School in their track season and also competes all winter out of Bluenose Athletics in Bridgewater.
Her goal this year is to get to the World Junior Championships in Oregon, USA. She needs to throw around 70 cm more than she’s thrown so far to qualify for the competition.
Mitton plans on taking Medical Sciences in university and although sport isn’t her main priority in choosing a school, she would like to continue her sport and become a varsity athlete.
“It definitely plays a big factor in which (university) I’m going to choose,” says Mitton.