Mane rival beats Toth

DARREN FRIESEN -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 11:34 AM ET

Kaleb Toth lost by just a hair -- literally. Moments after losing his hardest shot title to Rochester Knighthawks phenom John Grant Jr., the Calgary Roughnecks assistant captain surprised the remaining fans who stuck around for the skills competition after yesterday's all-star tilt, that he had speed of another kind.

Toth clocked the quickest time in the preliminary races for the fastest man contest, only to lose by the big hair of Mark Steenhuis, who plays for the Buffalo Bandits.

Steenhuis, known for his giant curly afro, plus his lightning quick legs, just got his mane over the finish line before Toth to reclaim his crown for another year.

Despite dropping the ball prior to the finish line, Steenhuis wasn't penalized for his mistake, something Toth wasn't about to protest.

"There wasn't a rule there or anything like that but it doesn't matter to me that much," said Toth with a smile. "He's a fast kid and he beat me fair and square.

"I didn't even look over to see if he was ahead or if I was ahead. I just pretty much buried my head and ran and didn't know what happen until the announced it."

As one of the heavy favourites to win the hardest shot contest, the Calgary native also had to settle for a second place in that event as well.

Grant barely beat Toth, clocking 164 km/h on his final throw to become the new top cannon of the NLL.

Asked if he was mad about losing his hardest-shot crown, the Riggers assistant captain said he would've preferred two more shots but there were no complaints.

"It's been fun for the guys and fun for the fans and so far I think we've done that," he said.

"John Grant Junior has got a hell of a shot."

In the other competitions yesterday, goaltender Pat O'Toole of the Knighthawks won the goalie competition, while Arizona Sting forward Dan Dawson took the agility contest. Grant finished off the shooting portion of the skills by winning the accuracy event.


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