Chautauqua County has produced many fine track and field athletes. Some excelled in jumping events, others in distance races, some in sprints, but the longest thrower in county history will be a 2023 inductee of the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame.
Sheldon Battle set the marks for the longest throws by a Chautauqua County high school athlete with a 59’-9.5” effort in the shot put and a 192’-10” hurl in the discus. He established these marks in 2001 and they have withstood the test of time for more than 20 years.
Battle was born in Jamestown in 1983. He was a two-sport letter winner at Jamestown High School in football and track and field.
Sheldon was a First Team All-New York State selection for Coach Wally Huckno’s 2000 Class AA New York State Champions Red Raiders. A First Team All-Western New York defensive end, he was named as Section VI’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2000.