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Block wins first provincial gold medal for South Central

Cornerstone Christian School competitor tops midget girls discus in commanding fashion

Moose Jaw’s Aliyah Block didn’t leave anything to doubt when it came to winning South Central’s first gold medal at the SHSAA track and field provincials on Friday morning.

The 15-year-old Cornerstone Christian School standout cleared 32.91 metres on her first throw of the day, with that mark standing as the winning throw and claiming first place by nearly four metres.

“It was pretty exciting to get a good one first and I felt like I was pretty secure the whole time so I didn’t have to throw as many good ones,” Block said just prior to the medal presentation. “I was pretty happy with it, I’ve thrown better, but those were pretty consistent good throws. So it was pretty good.”

There was the provincial record still out there – the first throw was just over a metre behind – and Block would have liked to have cracked that barrier as well.

“I appreciate the numbers more than the medals, so I would like to have thrown super far and got second place,” Block said. “But it still means a lot to me and I’m really excited.”

Central’s Ember Dusomme finished seventh with a throw of 26.17 metres.

Block will aim for another medal in the midget girls shot put during the 11:30 a.m. session Saturday.

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