Former Northwestern star, Skylar DiMartino wins NEC javelin title

NEW BRITAIN – Skylar DiMartino saved the best for the last.

The Merrimack College senior and former Northwestern Regional star athlete captured the  Northeast Conference javelin title May 5 at the league’s track and field championships held at Central Connecticut State University.

“It was kind of a surprise,”  DiMartino said. “During the season there were only a couple of girls that were close and they were my teammates. I expected to go one or two. I just love competing and you couldn’t wipe the smile off my face the whole day.”

DiMartino not only won the title but did it in style with a personal best throw of 42.80m (140-5 feet).

The championship performance capped off a steady rise in the event that started just five years ago as a junior at Northwestern when Highlanders coach Andy Campbell entered her name in the Berkshire League heptathlon that includes the long jump, high jump, javelin, 800m run, 200m dash, 100m hurdles , shot put.  At the time DiMartino was running hurdles and doing the long jump.

“Coach Campbell thought I was versatile and would be good at it,” said DiMartino. “I didn’t know how to throw the javelin and he said, “just chuck it.” He knew I had a decent arm. “

DiMartino had a solid performance in the heptathlon and then went on break the school record in the javelin in the Class M state meet where she finished third and followed that up with a 9th place finish in the state meet.

After her senior season was cancelled in 2020 due to Covid DiMartino contacted the Merrimack coaching staff, provided her throwing distances and was brought on board. Her college career has been impressive including a steady rise in the New England Outdoor Championships including a fourth place finish May 10 and a fourth place finish as a junior. A year ago she was sixth in the Northeast Championships.

DiMartino’s success in the javelin had some early roots.

“I like athletics overall and I grew up with three brothers,” DiMartino said. “We threw the football and baseball around a lot. I’m competitive and I have drive. Plus I like the community aspect of the team.”

DiMartino also brought leadership and achievement qualities with her volleyball, basketball, track and field success and being captain in all three sports.

DiMartino will graduate Merrimack with honors in biology with minors in chemistry and business. She is also on the President’s Academic list and captain of the team.

Going out on top in all areas.  

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