Willcox Narrowly Misses Breaking BC Junior Shot Put Record

Tom Willcox of the Coquitlam Cheetahs Track and Field Club launched a huge personal best throw of 17.17 metres in the Shot Put event at the Kamloops Centennial Track and Field Meet on May 22.

Willcox has recently returned from his first year at the University of Memphis where his season was unfortunately cut short by a stress fracture injury. Willcox, showing no ill effects of the injury, dominated the event and came within 20 centimetres of the BC record set by Jeffrey Wallis (17.37) in 2002.

Willcox was last year’s BC High School Athlete of the Meet award winner and the BC Junior champion. Willcox’s next meet will be on his home field at the Jessie Bent Memorial Meet on June 12 and 13 where he will attempt to break the record and also qualify for the World Junior Track and Field Championships which take place in Moncton, New Brunswick on July 16-25. His event at the Jessie Bent Memorial Meet takes place at 3pm on June 13 at Percy Perry Stadium.