It’s been a year of big throws and gains for Falmouth High School junior Abby Chorches. The top junior female shot put thrower in Massachusetts finished third at the All-State Meet on Saturday, June 1, at the Jerry Gravel Track at Westfield State University in Westfield.
Chorches improved on a fourth place showing at the indoor championships back in March by placing third in the state at the outdoor championships, and missed second place by the smallest of margins, just one-quarter inch.
Chorches set a new personal record with a throw of 39 feet, 8.25 inches. That was five and a quarter inches further than her Division 3-winning throw from the weekend before, which was her personal best until this most recent event.
Next up is the All-New England championship meet, which will be held this coming weekend in Maine. Chorches was 10th at the indoor meet in March.
Setting a new PR continued a trend that the junior has enjoyed of late of beating her most recent personal record. She has bested her previous best regularly throughout the season. She crested 38 feet for the first time in February at an indoor meet. Last spring she was throwing in the 32-33 feet range regularly.
Chorches came very close to taking second overall, but her friendly rival from Dennis-Yarmouth, Tiana Bazie, threw 39-8.5. Chorches had beaten Bazie at the D3 Meet by three inches for first place.
Cameron Garabian won her second straight outdoor championship with a throw of 45-1. The Harvard-bound senior from Seekonk has been one of the top performers in the state for the past few years.
Next year Chorches will be the one that everyone is aiming to beat, and that is okay by her.
“I’m excited for next year,” she said. “Right now there isn’t a lot of competition (in the junior class), unless someone else steps up.”
Chorches credited working coach Bruce Mogardo as a big reason for her continued improvement over the past year. “I have better form and consistency,” she said. “When I first started, as a freshman, I did it just to do it, but now I see that hard work really does pay off.”
One other Clipper had qualified for the state meet, but did not attend. Senior David Doherty was eligible to compete in both the shot put and the discus events, but did not make the trip so that he could participate fully in Falmouth High School graduation ceremonies.