Aspiring sprinter Harrison Kellock, 15, has become one of the best in Canada in short order and is now preparing to make the jump to U18 competition.
Currently a member of the Calgary International club and a student at Bow Valley High School, Kellock kicked off his indoor season with a pair of first-place finishes in the 60m and 300m sprint in the Calgary Dinos Open on Dec. 4.
In the 60m, he clocked a 7.33 sec., 0.42 sec. ahead of his nearest competitor. In the 300m, he recorded a time of 38.05 sec. outpacing his closest competitor by 2.28 sec.
These times have ranked him number two in Canada and first in Alberta in the 300m. In the 60m, he's ranked fourth nationally and number two in Alberta.
"I ran a pair of new PBs (personal bests) compared to my last indoor season, I had a big margin of improvement, but I really wish I did better."
Kellock discovered the sport in August 2021 and quickly became passionate about sprinting.
"I just like moving fast," says Kellock. "I like the adrenalin of running and that's why I started doing it."
He competed with the Calgary Spartans from August 2021 to February 2022, then Edmonton's House of Speed until this August before joining Calgary International.
"I needed somebody to push me and help me improve, and Calgary International had the athletes to help me do that," he explains.
He's now gearing up for the Jack Simpson Open in Calgary on Jan. 8 and is excited about the new challenges and stiffer competition it will bring.
"I'm hoping to run well because I'm bumping up to U18. I wanted to go in with really good times."
After that, he's competing in the Panda Open on Jan. 20 in Edmonton.
He also competes in the 100, 200, and 300m during the outdoor season.
Kellock hopes the success he is having will continue and has some high aspirations.
"I really want to go to a good university with track and field and hopefully end up in the Olympics as a long-term goal, but you never know."
He used to play soccer and basketball when he was younger but said they weren't a good fit.
"That's another thing that influenced me to join track and field. I've always been pretty quick, and I saw my potential in the 8th grade when I was faster than most of the other kids."
Kellock has spent most of his life in Cochrane.