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Jul 19, 2022

Middletown South’s Maddie Hussey Claims State Sectional Shot Put and Discus Titles

By Les Pierce

Maddie Hussey is just finishing her sophomore year, and she has already won 11 major track and field titles for the shot put and discus events.  

Most recently, she captured the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group 4 State Sectional shot put and discus championships on June 3 and 4, at a meet contested at Howell High School.  

In the shot put event on day one, she bested the field of 39 competitors with a throw of 39-06. Her mark was more than two feet past the 37-02 toss by runner-up Michaela Ruffa of Hillsborough.

On day two, Hussey claimed the discus title with a heave of 109-08. The closest mark of the 40 throwers participating was posted by Princeton’s Isabella Ospina Posada at 104-02.

Hussey won two championships as a freshman. During the winter indoor season this year, she blazed through an undefeated string of four shot put championships.  

The streak began with the Monmouth County Championships on Jan. 21. This was followed up with victories at the Shore Conference Championships on Jan. 27, the NJSIAA CJ Group 4 Championships on Feb. 12 and the STCA Last Chance Invitational held in Staten Island on Feb. 16. Her throw at the STCA meet of 40-01.75 broke the Middletown South indoor record and qualified her for the New Balance Nationals.  

This spring, she also picked up shot put titles leading up to the State Sectionals. She claimed gold medals at the Husky Relays on April 9, the Colts Neck Invitational on April 23 and the Monmouth County Relays on May 5.  

“Maddie is a young, talented athlete who possesses the skill and diligence necessary to compete and succeed under pressure,” Middletown South Coach Nina Balestriere said. “Her unwavering commitment to her teammates and competitors alike underscores her drive to push herself and others to do their personal best. Maddie is a standout athlete who is readily coachable and possesses raw, natural talent. However, her most admirable qualities lay in her mature, responsible leadership that she demonstrates by serving as a member of the team who others look up to and emulate.”