LACROSSE, WI--Junior thrower Krista Chauvin (Seekonk, MA/Seekonk HS/Stonehill) is the latest University of Massachusetts Dartmouth track and field All-American.
Chauvin earned that honor when she finished fifth in the hammer throw with a mark of 178 feet, six inches at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Veterans Memorial Stadium at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Friday evening.
Chauvin's last throw was her best, and solidified her fifth place standing.
Chauvin, who was in the second of two flights, threw 174 feet, 7 ¼ inches on her first throw, then 177 feet, 9 ½ inches on her second, allowing her to get to the finals. In the finals, she threw 168 feet, 11 ½ inches before her final throw, which was her best.
Chauvin is the second Corsair track and field student-athlete to achieve All-American status this year. Junior Adam Jones (Amesbury, MA/Triton Regional HS) was an All-American in the high jump indoors in March. She's the first female member of the UMD track and field team to become an All-American since Kathleen Fitzgibbon, who was an All-American outdoors in the javelin in 1991.
"My goal was to be an All-American," said Chauvin. "I didn't throw as well as I could have, but I'm definitely happy with what I did. The last throw was my best, and that felt good. I'm very happy with my performance. This being the second year (going to nationals) was huge. This year, when I came here, I knew the other competitors, and I knew the routine, and I could walk around just like I did at any other meet."
"Krista came out and did what she planned on doing," said UMass Dartmouth Assistant Coach Darren DeAndrade, who coaches the throwers. "Her first goal was to make sure she was an All-American. Last year, it wasn't the greatest feeling in the world (Chauvin finished ninth and just missed being an All-American). Her last throw was her best throw of the day."
"Krista making All-American is a great accomplishment," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Steve Gardiner. "She threw almost 180 feet, and she only had a few throws this year in the 180s. She came back with her best throw of the day on her last throw, which cemented her spot, and we're really proud of her."
Junior Brett Croteau (Rehoboth, MA/Dighton-Rehoboth HS) will compete in the javelin Saturday for the Corsairs.
UMASS DARTMOUTH TRACK AND FIELD