In a month, Abby Chorches will begin her mission to win a state championship in the shot put for herself and the Falmouth High School track and field team. On Wednesday, November 13, she was focused on the future as well, but the future that will begin in the fall in New Hampshire.
Chorches, a senior, signed her National Letter of Intent to attend the University of New Hampshire and join their track and field program during a ceremony at FHS. The senior said that she knew right away that UNH was the place for her, and she cannot wait to become a Wildcat.
“I loved the coaching staff. They were really, really inviting and they really wanted me to come, and I love the school. It looked like a perfect Abby school,” she said with a laugh. “I wanted to stay close to home, but be far enough that my parents weren’t going to come every day.”
Chorches, who is actually very fond of her parents Jason and Tracy Chorches, said that at UNH she will continue to throw the shot put. She also is looking forward to getting started trying the hammer throw as well.
With her senior season fast approaching, Chorches has set some high but quite reachable goals. Her personal record in the shot put is 39 feet and 8.25 inches. Karen Bissonette’s school record is her next goal, and Chorches said that she plans on breaking that before too long. She would like to eclipse 40 feet and go after the state title. She will be considered one of the favorites to win both during the indoor and outdoor seasons. She won the D3 East individual championship last spring.
Chorches said that she owes thanks to her coaching staff. She said that Head Coach Matt Eaton, volunteer coach Bruce Mogardo and her uncle, Tim Lindner, have all helped her to become the elite thrower that she has become.
“I think that the big thing with Abby is the level of maturity, the work ethic and definitely her attention to detail,” Eaton said. “As a freshman, we knew that we had something special, but ... didn’t have the follow through, the commitment level, the maturity. All that’s gone at this point. She has such a great work ethic and the attention to detail, the commitment, is all there. She’s going to be a captain this winter and spring, and hopefully that leadership will carry over to some of the younger girls.”
Mogardo said that he thinks that Chorches can have a great senior season. While 40 feet is a nice goal to have now, he thinks that his star pupil could be more in the 41 to 42 foot range by the end of the year. If she is able to do that, Chorches will certainly be in the mix to be at the top of the medal stand come championship time.