Third-grader takes home top javelin award
Beckett Ellingson, a third-grader at Ridges Elementary School, recently made an impressive showing during the USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships in Jacksonville, Florida.
Representing the Sherwood Youth Track Club in July, Ellingson threw the javelin a whopping 32.35 meters to win the championship in the boys 9-10 age group.
"I made a goal at the beginning of the season to make it to the National Junior Olympic meet," said Ellingson. "I believed I had a chance to win if I worked hard."
Ellingson had worked with both Austin Milton, a Sherwood javelin thrower, and Kent Newberry, a Sherwood Youth Track Club coach, before his Florida appearance.
Although younger, Ellingson worked alongside older athletes, knowing he would have a chance at the national championship if he qualified, according to his father, Todd Ellingson. He qualified after winning the state USATF track meet at Jesuit High School.
"Beckett is not unnerved easily, and he was not bothered by traveling so far away nor with the other competitors," said Todd Ellingson. "He really had a good time and made some new friends."
In addition, Beckett Ellingson was extremely happy with his throw, setting a personal record at the championship.
Equally impressive was the fact that after the national competition, the young boy flew back to Oregon where he was the winning pitcher in the JBO Minors Fed District Championship in a game against Beaverton's Westview Youth Baseball team. That meant winning two championships in one week.
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