Pearlgate Track and Field Club’s Daniel Kelloway captured the 400m title and also helped his 4x400m relay teammates deliver a record-setting performance this past weekend at the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) NCAA Division II Track and Field Championships at Western Oregon University.
Competing for Simon Fraser University (SFU), Daniel won the 400m conference title with a time of 47.62, a personal best which also established a new Newfoundland and Labrador provincial 400m record and raised his national ranking to 5th in Canada for the men's 400m.
Kelloway finished off the meet anchoring the SFU 4x400m relay team of Stuart Ellenwood and Cameron Proceviat of British Columbia and Joel Webster of Ontario. In winning the gold medal, they established a new GNAC meet record of 3:13.84.
Coach and mentor Doug Halliday of Pearlgate Track and Field Club was delighted to hear of Daniel's success and immediately tweeted it to the world.
"I’m so proud of the weekend Daniel had. It is a true testament to the work he’s put in on and off the track to recover from injury in 2014. He is right where he needs to be heading into the Canadian Championship this July in Edmonton," said Halliday.
GNAC members include 10 universities located in five American states and Simon Fraser University in British Columbia. The conference is part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the world's largest college sports association. SFU is the first and only international member of the NCAA's Division II.
Kelloway is in his second year of studies at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia. Raised in Mount Pearl and competing for Pearlgate since he was seven years old, Daniel has been a bright spot in the province's track and field community for a number of years. He has represented the province twice at the Canada Games and many times at national championships.
While at home between university semesters, Kelloway continues to train hard at his home track, setting a good example for the other 100 members of his club and quietly inspiring the younger athletes to work hard to achieve their track and field dreams, said club president Stephen Pike.