Like a lot of track and field throwers, Maggie Dufault had never competed – or even thought about it – before high school.
“I picked it up in ninth grade because my friend told me I needed a spring sport,” Dufault said. “So I decided to go out for the team.”
And then she decided to embrace it.
Dufault worked tirelessly on her throwing and steadily became one of the best in the state. She capped off her career in style by winning the hammer throw championship at the state meet.
“It’s a great way for her to finish,” said Pilgrim head coach Tom Dolce. “She’s worked hard for four years, a lot of it on her own. She does a lot of work at the gym, she sought help from other people. She deserves all the credit.”
Dufault was a state meet regular for much of her career, grabbing two outdoor medals as a sophomore and one indoor medal and two outdoor medals as a junior.
After taking another indoor medal this winter, she wanted to leave with the top prize in the spring.
“It means a lot,” Dufault said. “Last year, I was third and everyone said I was favored to win this year. Then I started off the season pretty badly, but I decided this was the one thing I wanted. It’s my senior year, and this is what I wanted more than anything.”
Dufault had a minor back injury the week of the state meet but didn’t let that impact her performance. Her throw of 151-05 was good for the title.
“It was a really good day,” Dufault said. “I hurt my back this week so I took about half the week off, and I was thinking, ‘Oh no, this is going to be a bad state meet.’ But when I got here, I told myself I could do it and my coaches were really encouraging.”
Dufault will now take her throwing talents to URI, where she’ll be part of the track and field team.
And she has quite a high school career to look back on.
“I couldn’t have done it without my coaches,” she said. “It was just a really fun time.”