Katie Bongiovanni, MMA Throwing Team


Hannah Facenda, Staff Writer

This year, Merion Mercy’s track team introduced a new event to practice, throwing. I had the pleasure of talking with freshman Katie Bongiovanni about her experience participating in throwing here at MMA.

Q: What events do you participate in when you are competing in a track meet?

A: I have begun to focus more on discus, which is a metal disc that you essentially fling across the field. It resembles a frisbee you could say, because you throw it as its horizontal and you try to throw it as far as you can. But the main difference is that you use your entire body to throw it, instead of just flicking your wrist a certain way. We also work on shotput, which is basically pushing a heavy metal ball off of your shoulder/neck area, and javelin, which is when you throw a long metal pole down the field.


Q: What is throwing?

A: Throwing is a part of Track and Field where you focus on throwing different objects as far as you can. Throwing each object requires your entire body in order to get full power, and there is a spin or glide that leads into the throw to further propel the discus, javelin, or shotput, and to get the most power out of the throw.  


Q: What was your initial reaction when you heard about throwing in track?

A: I had heard about it in my Social Studies classes and Latin classes because these activities were found in the original Olympics. When Ms. Chard, the new throwing coach and my Biology teacher, approached the class asking for volunteers, I was intrigued. I am not great at catching, running, or contact sports, so it was nice to find something that is good exercise, but is also a fun and unique sport that is available to most schools.


Q: Were you nervous to be competing in such a unique event?

A: I was a little bit. I have no experience in this and the only throwing I’ve done is playing catch in my yard. But once we started practices with Ms. Chard, who threw in high school and college, I began to love it.


Q: Before coming to Merion, did you know how “to throw?”

A: I did not! It’s a great sport because the technique isn’t horribly difficult, so once you begin to understand that, then you just work on getting enough power. I had no trouble learning how to do it, and a majority of the team had to learn the same as I did.


Thank you, Katie, for this interview. We can’t wait to see how the track team does this year!