Ponaganset’s Rao claims weight throw at Dartmouth Relays

Ponaganset’s Rao claims weight throw at Dartmouth Relays

HANOVER, N.H. – Defending state and New England indoor weight throw champion Gianna Rao won her event with ease at last weekend’s 48th annual Dartmouth Relays at Dartmouth College’s Leverone Field House.

The Ponaganset senior, who will continue her athletic track and field career at Penn State, took first place with a throw of 57 feet, 10½ inches that was more than 7 feet farther than the runner-up finisher, Barrington junior Annika Kelly.

Rao’s best throw this season, which is 59-7, is the third-best in the country, and it’s just 10¼ inches off the number one throw turned in by Javon Joyner of Norcross, Ga.