Athol’s Emily Casella caps decorated throwing career at Assumption College

  • Athol’s Emily Casella recently wrapped up her track & field career at Assumption College with five school records to her name. COURTESY/ASSUMPTION ATHLETICS

  • Athol’s Emily Casella recently wrapped up her track & field career at Assumption College with five school records to her name. COURTESY/ASSUMPTION ATHLETICS

For the Recorder
Published: 4/2/2020 5:36:29 PM
Modified: 4/2/2020 5:36:18 PM

Once Emily Casella started seeing results, she did not get complacent.

Instead, she doubled the intensity and duration of her workouts and saw even more accolades.

The results after all the early morning squats, cleans and cardio workouts were crystal clear at the end of her collegiate career.

Even with a resume that was cut short by COVID-19, the Athol High School graduate will go down as one of the more decorated track & field athletes in the history of Assumption College.

During her career at Assumption, Casella rewrote the school’s record books in throwing events.

The list of school records is long. Casella now holds program records in five different events between indoor and outdoor track & field.

“I worked at my technique and got stronger,” Casella said. “My team structure was a lot different as a senior. Our group that we had, we all worked hard. I stayed after practices to work on a lot of things, just trying to get better.”

For her indoor career, Casella now holds two records in the shot put (44 feet, 8 inches) and the weight throw (50-7½). Assumption closed out its indoor season with a second-placed finish as a team at the Northeast-10 Conference championships in February.

At the championships, Casella placed second with her record-breaking throw. She was fifth in the weight throw.

Casella set the outdoor shot put record (46 feet, 8¼ inches) as a junior at the Skyhawk Invitational.

She also set records in the discus (138-8) and the hammer throw (144-8), both coming at the Northeast-10 championships. The Northeast-10 named Casella the Most Outstanding Field Performer after her spring performance.

During her spring 2019 season, Casella captured first place on seven different occasions in four different events. During a meet against Merrimack, Casella swept all the throwing events.

When she was being recruited at Athol, Assumption pitched its athletic programs as a family. After spending four years there, Casella found that the school’s pitch was not just hyperbole.

“I am happy I chose to go to Assumption College,” Casella said. “There’s no other place I would rather be. The team overall is a big family. I really enjoyed all four years.”

There were big goals for Casella heading into a final outdoor season that was ultimately canceled.

“One of my goals that I really wanted to accomplish was going to Nationals,” Casella said. “My event that I was most likely to make it to Nationals would be shot put. When I found out the spring season wasn’t going to happen, I was really upset.”

Casella is back in Athol finishing up her academic career online.

“I don’t even know what to think about it,” she said. “It didn’t feel real and it still kind of doesn’t. It’s over and it’s sad.”

The evolution of her technique, especially in the shot put, has progressed. Casella began throwing shot put as a middle school athlete for the Red Raiders.

“There’s so many different changes you have to make with shot put to figure it out,” Casella said. “I would say that I haven’t even figured it out. There’s just so much to learn.”

After her senior indoor season, Casella earned United States Track & Field & Cross County Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-East Region honors.

Casella will receive degrees from Assumption in Human Services and Psychology, with the goal of becoming a police officer.

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