Former White River Valley track star Abby Denham is throwing things around at Ball State.
The freshman recently made the fifth-best javelin throw in school history. Denham threw the javelin 130 feet, two inches (39.68 meters) May 10 at the Mid-American Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Buffalo, NY.
She made that throw on the first of three attempts. The next two went for 126-0 (38.39 meters) and 115-3 (35.14 meters). The top throw was good enough to place 10th at the event. Vanessa Vodan of Kent State won with a throw of 160-3 (48.84 meters).
The throw also represents a new personal record for Denham. Her previous best was 126-2 in summer club competition.
Denham made these throws in earlier competitions: 105-2 to place eighth at the Hillsdale GINA Relays, April 26-26, Hillsdale, MI; 112-11, 10th, War Eagle Invitational, April 20-21, Auburn University, AL; 114-10, third, Ball State Challenge, April 13-14, Ball State; 119-1, second, Oliver Nikoloff Invitational, March 30-31, Cincinnati; and 128-4, first, Stan Lyons competition, March 17, Butler University.
The former Lady Wolverine has also been throwing the 20-pound weight in indoor competition. Her personal record was 42-3.5 (12.89 meters) Feb. 16 in the Ball State Tune-Up, good enough for 11th place.
In previous competitions, Denham made these throws: 36-5.5, 22nd, Fred Wilt Invitational, Jan. 26-27, Purdue University; 41-10.75, eighth, IWU Invitational, Jan. 20, Indiana Wesleyan; and 41-1, ninth, Mastodon Opener, Dec. 2, Indiana University-Purdue University at Ft. Wayne.
When we published the All-Area Softball team Friday, we inadvertently left out two new records that Linton-Stockton junior Hannah Frady set this past season. She set records for highest batting average (.554) and most walks (22, best in the county).
“She is the third-best player that I have coached in all my high school coaching years. She can play any position on the field and play it well,” said Linton coach Ruan Fougerousse. “She is a great kid with a great attitude. She had a college scout at one of our games and is hoping to play softball in college. She ended with five home runs for the season and would have at least seven if our field had a 200-foot fence as she hit the fence in the air twice. She led our team in RBIs (23) and runs scored (30).”
There is one mistake to correct in the story about the All-Area Softball Team. We inadvertently ran a picture of Cheyanne Richardson in place of Becky Riggs.
Here is the correct picture of Riggs.