Sun Angel Classic — Ewen Caps Triple With Pair Of Collegiate Hammer Records

Tempe, Arizona, April 06-07—Maggie Ewen had two fantastic days of throwing at the Sun Angel Classic, stamping herself as the best collegiate all-arounder ever.

Friday was her best day of collegiate hammer throwing yet, as the 23-year-old Arizona State senior had a phenomenal series which found her breaking her own Collegiate Record twice. She let fly the capper in round 5, 244-6 (74.53).

At the end of the first day Ewen owned 4 of collegiate hammer throwing’s 6 longest throws. (KIRBY LEE/IMAGE OF SPORT)

As she surpassed the 240-7 (73.32) standard she set at the NCAA last June, Arizona State senior Ewen finished the day with all-time throws Nos. 1, 2, 3 & 6. Overall, she now owns 7 of the top 8 collegiate performances ever (and also holds the out-of-season CR with her PR of 244-7/74.56 from last summer).

“When I walked to the stadium this morning, I felt the potential was there for something special,” she told T&FN correspondent Don Steffens, explaining that she and Sun Devil throws coach Brian Blutreich “have been working on a change to my entry, and we had a couple of really good practices this week.

“The first throw [239-0/72.86] was just what we wanted… easy and set things up for a good series. The foul on my second slowed me down.”

Next came Ewen’s first record blast of the series, 241-6 (73.61): “The third was just, ’Oh, yeah. This is OK, alright. It’s happening.’ I just liked throwing it.

“We didn’t have a break after 3, and that kept it smooth. The foul on number 4 was no problem. I felt like I had a big throw in there.” Oh, yes, she did, the round 5 long shot.

She finished the day with the No. 2 collegiate toss ever, a 242-5 (73.89) that was superior to the CR coming in.

“Was the big one a good one?” she reflected. “Yes and no. I can think of some things I could do better. Of course, I’m happy with the distance. It’s always fun to get a record.”

Said Blutreich, “We had some decent practices, but she hadn’t been at her best coming into today. We found some things to fix and she kind of fixed them, but to be quite honest, today is just the beginning for her.

“I see some way bigger and better things down the road in the next coming months for her, and she’s putting herself in a great position to be ready to perform when it’s championship season. She executed the way we wanted her to, and with what I saw today, there’s way more to come if we keep working and executing like that.”

The all-time collegiate hammer top 10 after Ewen’s commanding series:
74.53 | 244-6 Maggie Ewen (Arizona State) 4/06/18
73.89 | 242-5 ————Ewen ! 4/06/18
73.61 | 241-6 ————Ewen ! 4/06/18
73.32 | 240-7 ————Ewen 6/08/17
72.94 | 239-4 Jenny Dahlgren’ (Georgia) 4/13/07
72.86 | 239-0 ————Ewen ! 4/06/18
72.81 | 238-10 ————Ewen 4/29/17
72.71 | 238-6 ————Ewen 3/17/17
72.66 | 238-5 DeAnna Price (Southern Illinois) 4/29/16
72.51 | 237-10 Brittany Riley (Southern Illinois) 4/28/07

Blutreich’s “today is just the beginning” assessment proved out on the meet’s second day when Ewen PRed in winning both the shot (63-¾/19.22) and discus (201-0/61.27).

The shot mark was an outdoor world leader and moved her to No. 11 on the all-time U.S. list and to =No. 2 on the collegiate compilation, while the discus mark took over the U.S. and collegiate yearly lists.

“I’m really happy today went the way that it went with it being the day that it is,” she said. “My whole family, a huge group from my high school, my aunt and uncle were here, and to see all of the parents from all of the athletes being recognized today just added to everything else surrounding the meet.”

Said ASU head Greg Kraft, “I think this was the greatest throwing weekend ever by a woman. When you look at her training and her youth in the sport, typically those kinds of marks are for post-collegiate athletes, so for her to do all of that as a fifth-year senior in one weekend is truly remarkable.

“The scary part is—and I believe coach Blutreich when he says it and Maggie when she says it—there’s more in the tank.”

There was versatility on the track as well, as Quincy Hall, heretofore better known as a 400 hurdler—he was last year’s national Junior champ and ran 49.02 to win the Pan-Am U20 crown—made a big breakthrough in the flat 400.

The 19-year-old Sequoias JC soph came to the meet with a PR of 45.12, but cranked out a 44.60 to edge the lifetime best 44.62 for Paul Dedewo.

The men’s half-lapper was also a blazer, with USC’s World Indoor 400 recordsetter Michael Norman lowering his PR to 20.06, easily beating Texas Tech’s Divine Oduduru (20.54) and pro Fred Kerley (20.55).


SUN ANGEL MEN’S RESULTS

Tempe, Arizona, April 06-07—

100(-1.1): 1. CJ Ujah’ (GB) 10.15; 2. *Andrew Hudson (TxT) 10.31 PR.

200(-1.4): 1. **Michael Norman (USC) 20.06 PR (out AL, CL);

2. **Divine Oduduru’ (TxT) 20.54; 3. Fred Kerley (Nik) 20.55; 4. Ujah’ 20.92.

400: 1. **Quincy Hall (SeqCC) 44.60 PR (out WL, AL);

2. Paul Dedewo (Altis) 44.62 PR;

3. **Derrick Mokaleng’ (TCU) 45.17 PR (out CL);

4. Myles Pringle (Ash) 45.57 PR; 5. Ricky Morgan (USC) 45.99; 6. Ricardo Dos Santos’ (Por) 46.09; 7. Dontavius Wright (unat) 46.16.

800: 1. *Vincent Crisp (TxT) 1:46.31 PR (out AL, out CL);

2. Robert Ford (USC) 1:46.64 PR; 3. Charles Jones (TxT) 1:47.25; 4. **Roshon Roomes (IaSt) 1:47.60 PR; 5. Jaymes Dennison (IaSt) 1:47.97; 6. **Festus Lagat’ (IaSt) 1:48.45 PR; 7. Allen Eke (NBal) 1:49.12.

110H(1.1): 1. Aries Merritt (Nik) 13.47; 2. Misana Viltz (unat) 13.74; 3. **Jaylan McConico (IlSt) 13.81; 4. Maxmilian Hairston (Altis) 13.87.

400H: 1. Jeshua Anderson (unat) 50.00; 2. Michael Stigler (adi) 50.66.

4 x 100: 1. Texas Tech 39.01 (Tennon, Oduduru’, Hudson, Brown).

4 x 400: 1. Minnesota 3:05.78; 2. Texas Tech 3:06.41; 3. Kansas 3:09.59.

Field Events

HJ: 1. Deante Kemper (unat) 7-4¼ (2.24) =PR; 2. ***Earnie Sears (USC) 7-1¾ (2.18) PR.

PV: 1. Nate Richartz (NDm) 18-2½ (5.55); 2. Pau Tonnesen’ (Spa) 18-2½ PR; 3. Garrett Starkey (unat) 17-6½ (5.35); 4. ***Cole Riddle (AzSt) 17-6½ =PR; 5. *Hussain Al Hizam’ (Ks) 17-6½; 6. *Drew McMichael (TxT) 17-6½.

TJ: 1. Barden Adams (Ks) 53-4¼ (16.26).

SP: 1. Nicolai Ceban’ (Ks) 61-1¼ (18.62).

DT: 1. Jason Harrell (unat) 195-11 (59.73); 2. **Ryan Camp (TCU) 192-1 (58.55) PR; 3. Nicolai Ceban’ (Ks) 189-1 (57.63); 4. Michael Ohakwe (unat) 188-7 (57.49).

HT(4/06): 1. **Gleb Dudarev’ (Ks) 243-11 (74.35) PR; 2. ***Kieran McKeag (Mn) 209-10 (63.96) PR; 3. *Fellan McGuigan’ (TCU) 209-4 (63.81).

SUN ANGEL WOMEN’S RESULTS

100(0.1): 1. ***Twanisha Terry (USC) 11.20 PR; 2. Deanna Hill (USC) 11.28; 3. **Angie Annelus (USC) 11.40 PR.

200(-0.6): 1. Hill 22.78; 2. Kendall Ellis (USC) 22.91; 3. Annelus 22.92 PR; 4. Terry 23.01 PR.

400: 1. *Sara Limp (TxT) 52.39 PR; 2. *Jasmine Malone (NnAz) 52.61 PR; 3. **Kyra Constantine’ (USC) 52.73; 4. ***Kaelin Roberts (USC) 52.73.

800: 1. Rachel Schneider (UArm) 2:01.98 PR (out AL);

2. Emily Richards (OhNn) 2:02.84; 3. *Jasmine Staebler (IaSt) 2:04.54 PR; 4. *Erinn Stenman-Fahey’ (IaSt) 2:06.68 PR.

1500: 1. Chelsey Albertson (unat) 4:18.93; 2. Carina Gillespie (AF) 4:19.46.

100H(-0.9): 1. **Anna Cockrell (USC) 12.89 =PR (AmCL);

2. *Dior Hall (USC) 13.02; 3. Evonne Britton (EvoTC) 13.05; 4. ***Chanel Brissett (USC) 13.22; 5. Jade Barber (unat) 13.24; 6. Ayako Kimura’ (Jpn) 13.35.

400H: 1. Cockrell 58.30; 2. ***Faith Roberson (TxT) 59.14 PR; 3. ***Nicolee Foster (CAz) 59.28.

4 x 100: 1. USC 43.11 (Annelus, Ellis, Hill, Terry); 2. Texas Tech 44.23.

4 x 400: I–1. Northern Arizona 3:38.80. II–1. Kansas 3:33.83; 2. Altis 3:34.20; 3. Arizona State 3:38.92; 4. Texas Tech 3:39.64; 5. TCU 3:39.81.

Field Events

HJ: 1. Ty Butts (unat) 6-1¼ (1.86) (=out AL); 2. *Zarriea Willis (TxT) 6-1¼ PR (out CL; =out AL).

PV: 1. *Kathryn Tomczak (AF) 13-7¼ (4.15); 2. **Andrea Willis (Ks) 13-7¼.

LJ: 1. **Courtney Corrin (USC) 20-3½ (6.18).

SP: 1. Maggie Ewen (AzSt) 63-¾ (19.22) (AL, CL, out WL) (11, x A; =2, =4 C) (57-11¼, 63-¾, 62-6½, 60-¼, f, 61-9½) (17.66, 19.22, 19.06, 18.29, f, 18.83);

2. Chase Ealey (Arete) 56-8 (17.27); 3. Breana Jemison (USC) 54-8¼ (16.67); 4. ***Samantha Noennig (AzSt) 54-7½ (16.65); 5. **Crystal Onwukaife (TxT) 53-11 (16.43) PR.

DT: 1. Ewen 201-0 (61.27) PR (AL, CL) (172-2, 190-1, 201-0, 198-8, 193-10, 199-6) (52.49, 57.94, 61.27, 60.56, 59.09, 60.82);

2. ***Alexranda Emilianov’ (Ks) 182-4 (55.58); 3. ***Seasons Usual (TxT) 173-4 (52.83).

HT: 1. Ewen 244-6 (74.53) CR (old CR 241-6/73.61 Ewen in series) (239-0 [x, 3 C; x, 2 AmC], f, 241-6 CR [old CR 240-7/73.32 Ewen ’17], f, 244-6, 242-5 [x, 2 C]) (72.86, f, 73.61, f, 74.53, 73.89);

2. Brooke Andersen (NnAz) 229-7 (69.99).

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