ON THIS DAY: Maggie Ewen Makes Collegiate History

Remember these two dates: June 8, 2017 and April 7, 2018.

The first is when Maggie Ewen made collegiate history.

The second is when Maggie Ewen transcended it.

All-Time Top-10 Collegiate Performers – Women’s Hammer Throw

Maggie Ewen
Arizona State
74.53m (244-6)
Brooke Andersen
Northern Arizona
74.20m (243-5)
Jenny Dahlgren
72.94m (239-4)
Janeah Stewart
Ole Miss
72.92m (239-3)
DeAnna Price
Southern Illinois
72.66m (238-5)
Brittany Riley
Southern Illinois
72.51m (237-11)
Camryn Rogers
71.50m (234-7)
Beatrice Llano
Arizona State
71.43m (234-4)
Erin Reese
Indiana State
71.06m (233-2)
Amanda Bingson
71.04m (233-1)

Back on June 8, 2017, Ewen shattered a 10-year-old record in the hammer with her winning heave of 73.32m (240-7) at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships. It wasn’t a pretty series for Ewen, by her own lofty standards – 59.79m (196-2), 67.58m (221-8), 73.32m (240-7), F, F, F – but she won her first of four career NCAA titles and vanquished Jenny Dahlgren’s all-time mark at which she began to make overtures earlier in the season.

Because less than six weeks earlier, Ewen hurled the hammer 72.81m (238-10) at the Duel in the Desert between archrivals Arizona State and Arizona to move within six inches of Dahlgren’s decade-long stranglehold on the top spot. Before then, only one other collegian had eclipsed the 238-foot barrier (Future world champion DeAnna Price, while competing at Southern Illinois).

Fast forward 304 days to April 7, 2018.

That’s exactly two years ago from today.

Ewen stepped into the cage at the Sun Angel Track Classic and delivered a virtuoso performance in what would be her final time competing as a collegian in Tempe, Arizona.

Her first attempt: 72.86m (238-8).

Her second attempt: Foul

Her third attempt: 73.61m (241-6).

Her fourth attempt: Foul.

Her fifth attempt: 74.53m (244-6).

Her sixth attempt: 73.89m (242-5).

Three of those four marks topped her collegiate record from the previous season, but none more so than that fifth howitzer of 74.53m (244-6) that reigns as the current headliner. Take a closer look at the record book and you’ll see that those marks sit No. 1, No. 4, No. 5 and No. 12 all-time.

Ewen didn’t get a chance to defend her national title that season as she fouled out at the NCAA West Preliminary Round, but she did earn a nod as a finalist for The Bowerman after winning three other national titles that year and unifying the indoor and outdoor shot put records.