Paboojian brothers strike gold in Reno

Immanuel Elementary students Jaden Paboojian (left) and Justin show off their accomplishments over at Reno over the weekend--gold medals from the Amateur Athletic Union West Coast Olympic Games. Both brothers will now prepare for the next challenge, the junior national games down in Houston at Humble High School's track on July 30. (Melinda Paboojian/Contributed)

Immanuel Elementary siblings go big in the shot put and discus events


Maybe they’re not bound for London come August for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games just yet, but there were some Reedley-area olympians that made their mark for the National Junior Olympic Games later this month.

Brothers Jaden and Justin Paboojian of Immanuel Elementary received some prestigious hardware following their performances over in Reno from June 28-July 1. Both young olympians earned qualifying spots for the shot put event. One brother even set two records at the Reed High School event at the Nevada city.

For Jaden Paboojian, his shot put toss of 20’ 6” not only earned him the first place mark in the primary division for the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) West Coast track and field championships. But that throw got him the gold medal for the field event. The top eight finishers of the Reno event all qualified for the National Junior Olympic Games held in Houston.

For older brother Justin, he was the sixth thrower in the shot put toss and took in a final mark of 39’ 7”. That throw earned him the top finish and the gold medal, plus even a meet record for that filled event. Both field events were through the sub-midget division at Reno.

Justin Paboojian though wasn’t through yet, he reached the 100 feet mark for the discus event, with his top mark of 100’ 1” that got him the victory, the gold medal and lastly, another meet record in Reno.

The elder Paboojian is no stranger to winning big in the shot put event or placing high marks at any junior track event. Back on May 12, Justin Paboojian threw a 40' 10" mark in the shot put event while at the Kingsburg Fresno County Junior Track and Field Championships held at the city's High School track. He even shattered a record on April 14, 2011 when he threw a 34' 5" toss in the shot put. That mark came in the 40th annual Reedley Rotary Club/Kings Canyon Unified School District meet at Reedley High School.

Justin will not only throw in the shot put event, but he will also take part in the discus event and try going for two gold medals thanks to his gold medal mark there. Jaden clinched his spot through one event.

Both brothers will now prepare for the National games and represent both Immanuel Elementary and the city of Reedley. The national track event is scheduled to run from July 30-August 4 and will be held at Humble High School in the Houston area