After taking first place at the annual Bay State Games last month, Falmouth High School rising senior Abby Chorches went on an even bigger stage and won the national title at the State Games Of America last week. Chorches placed first overall in the girls’ 17-18 year old shot put, reaching 39 feet and two inches with her winning effort.
The State Games of America is an Olympic-style event featuring competition between State Games medal winners (gold, silver, bronze) from across the nation. There are currently 30 states conducting or organizing statewide sports festivals known as State Games. The championship was held on the campus of Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.
Chorches is considered one of the favorites to win an MIAA championship, either indoor or outdoor, in the coming year. She placed third during the outdoor season, with a throw of 39 feet and three inches, and was the top junior in the field. She is the reigning Division 3 outdoor champ, having thrown 39-3 in that event as well. For the indoor season she placed fourth overall at the state championship, and was the top junior, with a throw of 38-1. She was second in the Division 4 indoor championship, throwing 36-4 in the finals.
Chorches has not yet committed to a college for her post-high school career.