By Chris Villani

Sports Reporter/Columnist

It wasn’t long ago that Marco Monteiro had not even touched a shot or attempted the shot put. Just a few months after learning the event, he was crowned the Division II state champion with a record-setting heave of 53’6”.

“I came in seeded seventh and I wasn’t really expecting to do that,” Monteiro said. “But, when it happened, I was just excited. Everyone was hyped up and it was an exciting thing to do.”

Monteiro first started participating in the shot put during the winter track season and the powerful Milford High senior set a strong mark out of the gate, throwing 38 feet in his first attempt. Since then, he made getting to 50 feet and setting a new school record his goal. He had consistently been in the high 40s with a shuffling motion before trying out the highly-technical spinning form during the state meet.

After a pair of throws in the 49-foot range, he uncorked the record-setting toss that gave him a state title win by seven inches over his nearest competitor.

“It was a moonshot,” he said.

The throw qualified Monteiro for both the regional and national meets as well as a spot in the all-state Meet of Champions, which took place last week. Monteiro followed up his state title with another medal, placing eighth and eclipsing 50 feet for the second time in his young shot put career.

Monteiro said he is hoping to keep his momentum going through the next two meets.

“I want to perform and I want to place,” he said, citing a top-eight finish during the winter season. “I want to place in the top-six and get myself some hardware.”

He also expressed his enthusiasm for the upcoming trip to the national meet in Philadelphia.

“It’s going to be awesome,” he said.

Milford head coach Derek Rose said Monteiro took the highly unusual step of becoming a captain right away during the indoor season, even though it was his first year.

“He has a good attitude and he works so hard,” Rose said. “He did a really good job building camaraderie among the thrower group and he always wants to get better. That’s the way he operates.”

Monteiro’s track and field career, while stellar, will be short lived. After the national meet, he will turn his attention back to football full time as he prepares to play for Brown University next fall.

 

Pictured are MHS students Marco Monteiro and Kiyanni Simas both won at the Division II state champions.