Barrington student reclaims top spot in weight throwing

Adam Kelly, shown in a regular season indoor track and field meet, won a national title on Sunday. Adam Kelly, shown in a regular season indoor track and field meet, won a national title on Sunday.

Adam Kelly competes in a prior regular season indoor track and field meet.

Adam Kelly competes in a prior regular season indoor track and field meet.

Barrington High School’s Adam Kelly traveled to New York this  past weekend where he competed in the Armory Collegiate Invitational. There, the high school junior won the 25-pound weight throw event, regaining the top spot he temporarily relinquished to Daniel Haugh, a senior at St. Pius X in Atlanta, Ga.

Kelly’s throw of 78 feet 6.25 inches was nearly 10 feet farther than the second place thrower at the Armory event.

Still, the throw was bittersweet for Kelly who still hopes to beat the Barrington High School record set by former teammate Charlie Ionata.

Kelly met with reporters after his event to talk about his success in track and field.

Going into the warm-up throws, Kelly remarked how the facility felt good to him and it was a great place to hold an event. Stepping into the circle, he wanted his first throw to be a “safe throw,” tossing the ball 74 feet. But it was second throw that won the event for him.

“I didn’t know it was going to be that huge,” he told reporters. “Then I saw it land.”

Kelly has focused on track and field this year, giving up soccer, a sport he enjoyed in previous years. Instead, he trains year round with coach Bob Gourley. The dedication is paying off.

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