Truro Junior High student raises the bar in intermediate boys discus
Record day for Millman
TRURO - Peter Millman came into Friday just hoping to finish in the top 3 in intermediate boys discus.
He ended up doing much more. The 15-year-old Truro Junior High student set a new regional record on his way to winning the event with a 37.38m toss at the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Northumberland Region Track and Field Championships at the TAAC Grounds.
"I feel ecstatic," Millman said. "It's taken a lot of hard work to be able to throw that far and compete against the people I'm competing against."
The mark eclipsed Devin Stewart's 35m performance in 2005. Like Millman, Stewart was also coached by Millman's father Paul.
Millman qualified for the regional meet after winning districts a week ago with a 34.38m performance. He was followed Friday by close friend Nathan Burris, competing for the Cobequid Cougars, at 36.87m, also passing the old record. The pair was far ahead of the competition, with Oxford's Milton King finishing third at 31.5m.
Millman said he didn't expect a record performance.
"I thought that Nathan was going to beat me and that it would be possible for him," Millman said. "But I was able to pull out some good throws and it happened.
"We've been competing against each other so long, it just happened that I came out on top and it feels great."
Millman and Burris compete during the summer with the Truro Lions Track and Field Club and Millman also trains throughout the winter. Millman currently trains every day through the spring and every second day in the summer and winter. He said all the training is the key to his success
"It's a big part of me pulling this out today," he said.
Such a strong performance has Millman excited for provincials, which are set for next weekend at Beazley Field in Dartmouth. The top four finishers in each regional event, and the top five in hurdles events, move on to the provincial meet.
"I'm confident I can do well," he said. "I have the chance to do well and do something for our school."
Colchester County runners dominated the intermediate girls 100m final with Cobequid's Shakara Paris leading teammate Lauren Sinclair and Central Colchester's Rachel Wright. Paris posted a 13.3 second performance while Sinclair and Wright were close behind at 13.4 and 13.5 seconds respectively.
Cobequid's Tristan Langley blew away the competition in the intermediate girls 1500m event, crossing the line 31 seconds ahead of her nearest competitor.
Below for a compete list of Day 1 results. The event continues today at the TAAC Grounds.