St. Francis senior Maggie Ewen became a four-time state discus champion on the first day of the Class AA State Track and Field meet at Hamline University June 7.
“It’s nice,” Ewen said humbly after winning her seventh state title with just one more event left in what’s been a stellar prep career before she heads off to throw at Arizona State University.
Going out on top was an added bonus for Ewen who has won a lot in the Saints uniform. “I’m just happy the way it ended as it did,” she said. “I’m happy that all the throwers did well. It was really nice today.”
Of course, everyone wants to win with the longest throw, but Ewen said the camaraderie among the throwers helps everyone stay loose. “We don’t get very tense over there,” she said, Most of the competitors talk with one another or coaches between throws, Ewen said.
The state tournament is the first of three big meets for Ewen, who plans to compete at the New Balance Nationals Outdoor at North Carolina A&T in Greensboro, N.C., June 14-16 followed by USA Track and Field Junior Nationals in Des Moines, Iowa, June 19-23.
Based on her result at junior nationals, she has the chance to represent the U.S. at the Pan-Am Games in Peru later this summer.
After a foul on her first throw of the day, Ewen more than made up for that by airing out the discus on her second toss, 167-1, followed by a third throw of 157-8 – both were well beyond anyone else’s best effort of the day, but still short of her record-setting throw of 171-09 from 2012.
She reached 175 feet earlier this spring but couldn’t replicate that again in her pursuit of the national high school record of 191-06, set by Shelbi Vaughan in Mansfield Legacy, Texas, in 2012.
“It just didn’t come together,” Ewen said about the first throw. “It’s just one of those things where something didn’t go right and it showed.”
After following up with such a strong second throw, Ewen said the pressure of spinning up a long toss gave way to the joy of knowing she was in control. “No reservations anymore, just completely go out there you have nothing to lose,” she said. “I can’t wrap my head around it that this is my senior year. I’m glad the way it ended like it did.”
With more than one week between sections and state, Ewen said she was able to get even more practice time because she didn’t have to share the three throwing rings with 40 other St. Francis teammates.