The Hawk: June 20, 2018

June 20, 2018 10:00 pm


Athletics Edition

Innovation Academy's Aiden Felty goes to Nationals for Shot Put

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Aiden Felty, a Junior here at Innovation Academy, had a tremendous outdoor Track and Field season. He improved his personal bests from 51’1.25" in the shot put and 129’6" in the discus, to 61’7" and 162’4" respectively.

In the shot put, Aiden was undefeated all season, until the New England Championships, winning the Sunset Invitational, MSTCA Coaches Invitational, Eastern MA Div. 4 championships, and the MIAA All-State meet. Aiden went on to place 2nd at the New England Championships in this event. After the New England Championships Aiden continued to nationals where he placed 9th and had the second best throw for a junior (11th grader) at the meet.

His top mark of 61’7" (thrown at the divisional meet) was a school record as well as the top throw in New England this year, the furthest throw in MA since 2009, and an MA junior class record.

In the Discus, Aiden was also undefeated in the regular season. He won the Sunset Invitational and the Eastern MA Div. 4 championships. He also went on to place 4th at both the All-State meet and New England championships.

Head Coach: Nolan McKinnon

Throwing Coach: Kyle Thornton

Athlete: Aiden Felty ’19 (Junior)

Aiden is also a two time Boston Globe All-Star.

Here is an exerpt from an article in the Boston Globe:

His personal-best toss was the farthest by any Massachusetts shot putter since Falmouth’s Samuel Bombaugh threw 63-3¼ in 2010. Felty, who threw nearly 3 feet farther than his previous personal best (58-9¾), said the shot came off stronger Saturday, noting that it traveled higher and straighter than normal. “I’m usually pretty pumped up, I mean I yell a lot. I cheer a lot,” Felty said of his rambunctious performance. “Today I was definitely more excited because after my first throw I knew it was going to be a pretty good day and after my next couple throws I was like, ‘Oh sweet, this is like the best day of my life.’ ”

Congratulations Aiden!