Monique Hardy: A rising star at home with ‘throwing’



She steps into the throwing ring, a circle within the track, all eyes on her, waiting for her to make THAT move, the move that will get her further than she’s ever gone before.

This is my image of my sister, an image I’ve seen continuously during the last two years.  During this time, I’ve seen her demonstrate hard work and persistence, going further each meet. I’ve watched her endure defeat and rise up more determined than ever.  And I see her as having a bright future in the sport of track and field.  She recently agreed to my request to be interviewed about her love of “throwing,” a little-known but very difficult event in the world of track and field.  

First, some background:  My sister currently holds the records for indoor shot put (of 33 feet and 10.75 inches); and for outdoor shot put (36 feet and 1.75 inches); as well as for ¨weight throw,¨(a throw of 48 feet).

My sister also holds the state freshman record for hammer throw, (with a throw of 46.18 meters). She also went to nationals twice — indoor and outdoor — in her freshman year. She placed third in the indoor competition, the New Balance Nationals Indoors.  In that same year, she placed second in the Junior Olympic National Championships (with a throw of 47.67 meters). She recently just achieved the section V “weight throw¨ record (51 ft and 0.25 inches).

So what’s it like to be a sibling to someone so talented and successful?  In short, I admire her, and I’m proud of her.  I remember the time I watched her throw — the passion, the drive, the flow of her turns. Her style mesmerized me and still continues to this day. I admire her passion so much.  

I asked Monique about her goals and aspirations in the sport of throwing, and she responded with, “I want to inspire others to join the sport of throwing.” She also said, ¨I would like to either be a 2024 Olympian or go to the Olympics trials in 2024.¨

But why throwing? Why does it drive her? I talked to her about throwing and why it’s important to her.  She said, “It´s an individual sport…You have control over how well and how poorly you do.¨ She added that success in this sport has to do with how much you want it.  “If you want to progress, you have to go put in the work.¨

These remarks led me to wonder:  Since throwing is so great and such an individual sport, how does it make her feel? She replied, ¨Throwing makes me feel empowered…makes me feel like I’m in control.  It makes me feel like I can do anything.” She then went on to say, ¨Throwing is my home.. It’s the place where I belong.¨