Josh Kellier Commits To Guelph

Josh Kellier

Josh Kellier commits to the University of Guelph – Contributed Photo

Chatham’s Josh Kellier has committed to compete for the University of Guelph Gryphons track and field program next season.

The Chatham-Kent Secondary School student, and Windsor Legion track team member, was recruited by the OUA school after putting up spectacular results in the steeplechase, and distance events over his high school career.

“We are thrilled to have Josh joining our program,” said University of Guelph track and field head coach Chris Moulton. “The University of Guelph has a rich history of steeplechase athletes led by Olympian Alex Genest and top Canadian female steepler Genevieve Lalonde. Josh has demonstrated the ability to compete internationally for Canada, to have an athlete of Josh’s considerable talents joining our team is simply outstanding. Most importantly from our perspective is that we think he will be a great fit with the team, immediately from our first conversation I knew there was a good connection with the program and that there is a very strong academic fit for Josh.”

Kellier, who will study Human Kinetics at Guelph, is the reigning OFSAA gold medallist in steeplechase, and won gold at last year’s Legion National championships.

For Kellier, Guelph’s reputation of producing high quality athletes, in particular in the steeplechase event, was a huge factor in his decision to attend the school.

“I had known that their track team was phenomenal and that they have produced some great distance runners out of their club,” said Kellier. “I knew that I wanted to be a part of their team if I wanted to take my running to the next level. I have a passion for the Steeplechase and I needed to find a University that has produced great results and they were it.”

Kellier, who hopes to focus in biomechanics at Guelph, also has multiple cross country medals both provincially, and on the National stage.

While coach Moulton had high praise for his new recruit, the feeling was mutual, as the opportunity to train under Moulton’s tutelage was another selling feature for the young runner.

“Their coaches have produced professional runners, and Olympians, and I knew when I was invited to join their practice that this was the exact environment I had been looking for. To run with elite athletes, to be coached by elite coaches, and then receive a great education, Guelph is everything I want in a school.”

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