Shepaug senior will throw javelin at nationals
WASHINGTON - Samantha Moravsky has proven she’s the state’s best javelin thrower and now the Shepaug senior is going to get a chance to see how she stacks up against some of the nation’s best.
Moravsky recently captured the javeling title at the Class S state championships and the State Open. The titles capped off a stellar season and standout athletic career for the William & Mary-bound senior.
“Samantha did a phenomenal job at both the Class S meet and State Open,” Shepaug coach Tara Flaherty said. “She was one inch shy of breaking the Class S record and her throw Monday was a few feet shy of the state open record.”
Moravsky uncorked a throw of 141-10 on her first attempt and it held up to give her the State Open crown. Moravsky’s throw was over nine feet further than the best throw from second place Gianna D’Amato (132-08).
She won the Class S title with a throw of 136-07 and finished 34 feet ahead of her closest competitor.
“Samantha has consistently worked at this sport and she is a true example of how hard work pays off,” Flaherty said.
The win at Opens was especially gratifying for Moravsky because the event had become a bit of a personal nemesis for her. She qualified for Opens as a sophomore and did not have her best day. A year later she made it back to the State Open and finished fifth and advanced to New Englands.
Still there was a bit of unfinished business for Moravsky on Monday at Willow Brook Park and she took care of it by winning going away.
“It felt really great to win Opens. In the past, it had always been really daunting to me,” Moravsky said. “When I first made it to Opens my sophomore year, I only threw about 85 feet basically finished in dead last. I choked big time that day and ever since then it has been something that I have always been scared of.
“My junior year I got fifth place and made it New Englands. I saw that a great accomplishment for sure, but my failure from my sophomore year was still in the back of my mind making what I did junior year seem like a failure to me. I knew I could not get that feeling out my head until I won Opens. So this year when I walked out on that runway, I knew it was going to be different.”
As well as being talented and hard working, Moravsky was a more mature person and athlete this time around and she showed it at the State Open and earned the title she had been so desperately seeking.
“I wasn't that scared little sophomore anymore and because I recognized that, the intimidation went away. I saw the opportunity to truly redeem myself and this year I wouldn't let myself fail again,” she said. “I went out to prove to myself I had changed from past years and that I was mentally and physically ready to try to win Opens. So winning really was the cherry on top for my senior year thus far.”
Moravsky won’t be able to compete at New Englands because of her high school graduation but she does have another big time competition looming and she will be competing at New Balance Nationals in North Carolina later this month.
“Unfortunately, I have graduation the same day and time as New Englands so I will not be competing that day. I am still upset about it but in the long run, I feel like I would be more upset about missing my graduation,” Moravsky said. “However, I have already booked a flight to go out to Nationals! I will be competing there on Friday June 17th and I'm excited to be competing against some of the best throwers in the United States.”
Shapeup track coach Tara Flaherty and Samantha Moravsky were all smiles after the Spartans senior won the State Open javelin title.