NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-Sophomore Krista Chauvin (Seekonk, MA/Seekonk HS/Stonehill) of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's outdoor track and field team turned in a fine performance when she finished first in hammer throw at the Bay State Games, held last month at Regis College.
Chauvin threw the hammer 177 feet, one inch to outdistance Amanda Gricus of Marion, MA and Westfield State, who finished second in the competition.
Since the hammer throw is not a qualifying event at the Bay State Games, Chauvin was able to sign up for the open competition and take her turn at the meet. Each contestant was afforded six throws, and her first throw held up for the winning mark.
"I caged my first two warm-up throws, and they had to get the hammer down from the top of the cage," said Chauvin. "I used the meet as redemption from nationals, since I wasn't satisfied with that performance. I had been training since nationals, and I wanted to have fun, but I also wanted to get a good mark,"
The mark was just short of Chauvin's personal best, and qualified her for the State Games of America, which are held every two years and are scheduled for next summer in Hershey, PA.
The performance was a big improvement over Chauvin's initial foray in the Bay State Games. "I came in last last year, so it was nice to come back and make a dramatic improvement," said Chauvin. "It was a good point to end on for the summer, and it gives me a lot of confidence going into next season."
Chauvin, who lettered in five sports in high school, will be a goalkeeper for the women's soccer team this fall before returning to track and field for the indoor and outdoor seasons next winter and spring.
UMASS DARTMOUTH TRACK AND FIELD