Erin McHugh: Freshman Javelin Thrower

This week’s profile is on Erin McHugh, a freshman Health and Exercise Science major who is passionate about the TCNJ Track and Field Team! She is currently in her fifth season of throwing javelin and is very excited about the current one so far.

Erin has been an avid sports player since her elementary school days. She played soccer for the majority of her life, but after trying javelin her freshman year of high school, something clicked. Instead of recruitment for soccer, she decided that Javelin would be the sport that would follow her into her college career. Erin comes from a family of athletes and was even able to compete against her sister at a track meet at Stockton a few weeks ago.

Her performance at the Stockton Invitational in March led her to be named NJAC Rookie of the week after throwing a distance of 37.14 meters. She placed first out of 14 competitors and was proud that she was able to help out her team. Erin says that being named rookie of the week was not something she expected at all, “I went into the first meet just hoping to throw a pretty good distance and that win gave me a lot of confidence for the rest of the season. It was a huge honor because there are a lot of great athletes at this school and in the conference so it was great to be recognized alongside them.

Being a part of this team is something that Erin is truly excited about, “All the people on the team are really nice and supportive and it is a lot of fun.” Erin also talked more specifically about her fellow javelin thrower, Stephanie Wolfer, “It is really great to have her because we push each other and learn from each other throughout our training and meets.

Erin also has several goals for this season including: throwing over 130ft, placing in as many meets as she can so she can help her team, and qualifying for nationals.  Good Luck Erin!