Robbie Thomas, 8, brought home a silver medal from the USA Track & Field Junior Olympics National Championships.

Penn Hills has an Olympic medalist.

It's the Junior Olympics, and he is 8 years old, but let's not split hairs.

Robbie Thomas earned a silver medal at the USA Track & Field Junior Olympics National Championships, held in late July at Turner Field in Houston.

Thomas took second place in the boys 8-and-under javelin throw, tossing a top distance of 27.09 meters, about 88.5 feet.

Thomas spoke with the Progress recently about his three years on the Penn Hills Eagles team and competing at the national championships:

Q: What first got you interested in joining the Eagles?

A: I got interested in joining the Eagles watching my sister run.

Q: What is your favorite event, and why?

A: My favorite events are mini-javelin and long jump. They are both fun and they both prepare me for football.

Q: What do you enjoy most about mini-javelin, the event where you won your silver medal?

A: I enjoy throwing farther than everyone else in our association and region.

Q: What's the hardest part about throwing mini-javelin?

A: Throwing against someone who throws farther than I do.

Q: What did you enjoy the most about being in Houston for the national finals?

A: I liked the medal ceremony and standing on the podium.

Patrick Varine is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7845 or