Maggie Ewen Claims Collegiate Shot Record

Sun Devil senior Maggie Ewen’s second CR-setting meet of the season, and April, began, believe it or not, with a loss—and ended on a decided high note.

Ewen now appears on the Collegiate Record board in two events. (SUN DEVIL ATHLETICS)

The owner of collegiate hammer throwing’s longest heave since her blockbuster day at Sun Angel 3 weekends ago, Ewen opened at the Desert Heat Classic with a rare collegiate loss, a 2nd-place finish to Brooke Andersen of Northern Arizona.

Lumberjack senior Andersen started off hot with a 236-3 (72.00) cast and kept Ewen in her shadow throughout. The defending NCAA champ reached 239-6 (73.01) in round 4 but Andersen’s effort in that round was longer, 243-5 (74.20).

The throw not only earned Andersen the win but was the No. 2 college mark ever, exceeded only by Ewen’s 244-6 (74.53).

“Brooke Anderson threw outstanding in the hammer today,” Ewen said after the meet was done, “so it’s going to be really fun and a really cool hammer competition at Nationals, so I just have to be ready for that and keep going.”

Keep going in this meet, she did. Ewen began the shot with a foul but spun the ball out to 60‑6¾ (18.46), the exact same distance which she had lofted the ball to win the NCAA Indoor title in March.

Consistent on her next two legal tosses (60‑6½/18.45 and then another 60-6¾), the 23-year-old Ewen kicked it up by more than 3-feet on her last trip to the circle: 63-10¼ (19.46). The throw was 5¼ inches past Raven Saunders’ CR set in ’17.

“I didn’t expect to break it today, but practices have been going well and we’ve been working on a lot of really good things, so my consistency has been there,” Ewen said.

Her mentor, Arizona State throws coach Brian Blutreich, had offered a subdued signal she was ready before the record cast.

“Even Coach Blu, who is not overly positive, has been like, ‘Yeah, there’s a good one, you’re so close,’ ” Ewen said.

Statistical note: although Ewen’s mark currently stands as the Absolute (indoors or out) CR, it’s not the top mark on the all-time collegiate list. That honor goes to the 64‑2¼ (19.56) Raven Saunders of Mississippi used to win the ’17 NCAA Indoor. That mark, however, was made with an indoor shot, and those plastic-shelled implements aren’t acceptable for overall record recognition.