Christina Scherwin, Moravian: NCAA DIII Athlete Hall of Fame, Class of 2022

Christina Scherwin truly left her mark.

That’s easy to do with a javelin, but tougher in the record book and beyond.

Scherwin was up for the challenge: nobody has been on the same echelon since.

Before Scherwin took the runway at the 2002 Quaker Invitational, only one female athlete had thrown the javelin farther than 48.00m (157-5) in NCAA Division III history (Sylke Knuppel of Johns Hopkins). After Scherwin wrapped up her field series, the former Moravian star would hit such a distance that nobody has come within nine feet since. Read that again: nine feet.

Scherwin staked the NCAA DIII record to an unfathomable 55.99m (183-9).

The ensuing NCAA DIII Outdoor Championships served as a coronation for Scherwin, as she easily won her first national title with a meet-record heave of 51.69m (169-7) and extended that to 55.34m (181-7) the following year to capture back-to-back national titles.

A three-peat eluded Scherwin, but not because of a setback: Scherwin opted to sit out the 2004 season in order to train for the upcoming Summer Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. She would compete in back-to-back Olympic Games (2004 and 2008), and between those years, placed as high as fourth on the world stage, which came at the 2005 World Championships in Helsinki.

Scherwin is the first athlete from Moravian to be inducted into the USTFCCCA NCAA Division III Track & Field Athlete Hall of Fame.