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.