MA Outdoor T&F Preview: Girls' Throwing Events

Dracut's Erin McMeniman is among the MA contenders in the javelin.

In last year's New England Championships, Massachusetts occupied the top three placements in the javelin. Looks like there's potential for more of the same this spring.

The 1-2 finishers in the competition (and several more) are coming back this season and should create some excitement again in this event from both a state and regional level. Dighton Rehoboth's Julia Campezato shocked the competition at NE meet in 2016 when the then-junior tossed the metal spear a winning distance and PR of 130-2. Finishing as the runner-up was promising sophomore Shira Stoller, who was also third overall at the All State Meet with a PB of 129-8. South Hadley's Sophie Gatzounas, the Western Div. 2 winner with a PB of 128-5, and Dracut's Erin McMeniman, who won the Andover Booster's Meet with an all-time best of 125-1, are two other throwers with potential to exceed the 130-foot mark. Based on returnees, it appears the Bay State will dominate again in this event at the New England's.

The shot put should be hotly-contested up front with three of the top four finishers from last year's All State Meet all coming back, including defending champion and recent indoor titlist Abbie Mokwuah of Longmeadow. Mokwuah defeated Dennis Yarmouth's Chloe Eressy by less than six inches, winning gold with a toss of 41-5.75 to Eressy's 41-0 effort. Mokwuah, who would also take the New England outdoor title, finished the spring with a PB of 41-11.75, a heave that would place her sixth overall in the Emerging Elite event of the New Balance Nationals. Mokwuah and Eressy, along with Dracut's Mikaylah Schwartz (40-6), are the only returnees that have gone further than 40 feet. Schwartz was second to Mokwuah at the indoor states. There's also Seekonk's Cameron Garabian (fourth, 38-4.75) and Holliston's Kelly Alves (fifth, 38-3.75) that could make things interesting in this event.

Mokwuah is the leading contender in the discus, too. She finished sixth at last year's All State Meet. The top five finishers ahead of her have all graduated. The best toss among returnees belongs to Murdock's Alyssa Labrack, who won the Mid-Wach League Championship with a best of 115-6. Mokwauh's top throw in 2016 was her winning 113-7 effort at the Western/ Central Division 1 Championships. Dennis-Yarmouth's Jasmine McFarlane, a seventh-place finisher at the states, has done 111-9. Several more are within striking distance of the top contenders, such as Tewksbury's Krista Stracqualursi (111-0) and Tiana Blazie of Dennis Yarmouth (110-3).