St. Francis’ Maggie Ewen rewrites state shot put record book on three throws to thrill fans at state competition

After winning the state discus title, St. Francis’ Maggie Ewen rewrote the state’s all-time shot put record with her third straight event title and eighth state track title June 8.

Maggie Ewen releases her first throw of the day in what would be a record-setting and state title performance in the shot put June 8. Photo by Jason Olson

Maggie Ewen releases her first throw of the day in what would be a record-setting and state title performance in the shot put June 8. Photo by Jason Olson

She reset the state record three times with her throw of 54 feet, 8.50 inches, beating Lakeville North’s Liz Podominick’s all-time record of 51-07.50 set in 2002 and her own winning distance of 48-04 in 2012.

Ewen said Podominick’s record was within reach after she reached 54 feet at the New Balance Indoor Nationals earlier this spring.

“It wasn’t so intimidating,” she said. “I don’t know what happened but everything came together, perfect weather, perfect day. It was a great day.”

Maggie Ewen, St. Francis, Shot Put

Maggie Ewen, St. Francis, Shot Put

The crowd around the shot put area for the final on Saturday was electric, anticipating quite a show after two of Ewen’s attempts in the semi final were close to the record, but were scratched.

“I think they might have been in the range,” she said.

“They know I’ve been really striving for this,” Ewen said as her family and friends in the stands were just as nervous to see her throw.

Ewen broke the all-time state record with her first throw of the final.

Courtney Pasiowitz lets go on a throw during the finals of the shot put at the state meet June 8. Photo by Jason Olson

Courtney Pasiowitz lets go on a throw during the finals of the shot put at the state meet June 8. Photo by Jason Olson

Lining up for her last throw of the day in the final, her father started to clap in a sign of encouragement, quickly joined by her mother and the rest of the crowd.

“I know with the clapping everyone is looking at me,” Ewen said. “I’ve gotten used to it, but it’s definitely a change over the last four years.”

Saturday’s result, of course, ranks near the top of her best throwing memories, along with her fourth-place finish at sections as a seventh grader. “I still love the memory of being in seventh grade and placing fourth in the section meet,” she said. “And the coach saying to me, ‘Maggie, you’re only two places away from going to state.’ I was like, what is state? I’ve never heard of that before.”

Coon Rapids thrower second

Cardinals thrower Courtney Pasiowicz was second in the event with an impressive throw of 43 feet.

Pasiowicz, who played on the same volleyball club team, Minnesota Premier, as Ewen said the goal was to reach 44 feet.

“It’s exciting because I really worked hard for this is and it was one of my goals, to stand on the podium at state,” she said.

Her goal was to take second again and to reach 44 feet. “It makes me think that someday I could be like that and we’re good friends because we played volleyball together,” she said.

Pasiowicz’s throw was 11 inches ahead of third-place Lakeville South’s Shaina Burns.

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