NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA--Junior Krista Chauvin (Seekonk, MA/Seekonk HS/Stonehill) made her presence felt when she threw the hammer at the prestigious Penn Relays Thursday.
Chauvin, only the third UMass Dartmouth representative to participate at the Penn Relays, threw the hammer 168 feet, seven inches and finished seventh overall.
Chauvin, who joined All-American triple jumper David Araujo and the UMD distance medley team in 1990 as Corsairs who have competed at the Penn Relays. She had three attempts in her flight, and her best throw in the preliminary round was 167 feet, seven inches, placing her eighth among qualifiers. She improved that to 168-7 on her first throw in the finals and moved up a spot.
"She did very well considering the time of the year, and we're pleased with her performance," said UMass Dartmouth Assistant Coach Darren DeAndrade, who coaches the throwers. "She was competing against Division I and II athletes, and she did very well."
"It was cool, and it was a really good experience against really good competition," said Chauvin. "I'm happy with what I did, it was really cool, and my first throw of the finals was my best throw of the meet. It was a really good warm up for the championship meets coming up, and I'm looking forward to the rest of our meets. I appreciate the coaches letting me come here."
"I was very pleased," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Steve Gardiner. "She was second in her flight, and in the next flight, six people threw farther than she did, so we had to sweat it out. It was a good performance."
Chauvin and the rest of the Corsairs will compete again Saturday at the Little East Conference and New England Alliance Championships at Bridgewater State.
UMASS DARTMOUTH TRACK AND FIELD