Athol graduates throwing well at Assumption

  • Emily Casella, of Athol, competes for the Red Raiders during the outdoor track & field season in 2015. STAFF FILE PHOTO

  • Emily Casella, of Athol, competing for Assumption College during the indoor track & field season. COURTESY/ASSUMPTION ATHLETICS

  • Emily Casella, of Athol, competes in the shot put for the Assumption College outdoor track & field team.  COURTESY/ASSUMPTION ATHLETICS

  • Kris Selanis, of Athol, competes in the shot put for the Assumption College track & field team. COURTESY/ASSUMPTION ATHLETICS

Staff Writer
Published: 4/26/2019 3:21:52 PM

Two Assumption College track and field records fell at the hands of Athol graduate Emily Casella on April 16 at Merrimack College. 

Casella bested her own record in the shot put (13.83) for starters. The former Red Raider wasn’t finished there as she also set a new record in the hammer throw (42.13) for the Greyhounds. 

Casella’s new records came in a 110.50-87.50 win over Merrimack.

Another Athol graduate, Kris Selanis, was the Northeast 10 Rookie of the Week for the Greyhounds after one of his best performances at Assumption at the Yellow Jacket Invitational in Springfield on April 6.

“Winning rookie of the week was a surprise to me,” Selanis said. “I did not expect that at all, but I guess I got it with hard work and just finally getting the hang of the rotation for shot put.”

Selanis’ throw of 14.2 meters was good enough for second and at the time was the best among freshman in the Northeast 10. 

Since then, Selanis added a first-place finish (14.89)  at the Merrimack Dual meet on April 18. 

“I was looking forward to shot put because I had a great week of practice,” Selanis said. “When the time came, I struggled a bit not to foul, but I got one good throw and it was a big one. It just felt great to finally throw a big throw that I knew I had in me and put everything together that I have been working on.”

After a quiet indoor season as a freshman, Selanis is starting to see more results in outdoor competition. 

“I just give the credit to my coach for working with me and having the patience and ability to deal with my struggles in the circle,” Selanis said. “But in the end, having total faith in me and knowing I have the ability to throw far.”

The Greyhounds next compete at the Skyhawk Invitational at Stonehill College in Easton on Saturday.

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