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North Tahoe track and field: Briggs muscles up at Thunder Invitational

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North Tahoe senior Jordan Briggs launches a personal-best throw of 36 feet, 0.5 inches at the Thunder Invitational in Rocklin this past Saturday. Pictured behind Briggs, in pink, is Cassidy Osborne-Butler from Damonte Ranch, who's one of the top throwers in the nation.
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The Lakers are scheduled to compete in the Del Oro Invitational in Loomis this Friday.

Annoyed about her subpar throws in a rainy discus competition, Jordan Briggs used a break in the weather to vent her frustrations in the shot put ring.

The North Tahoe senior — giving up 20 to 80 pounds of mass to some of her fellow competitors — recorded a personal-best throw of 36 feet, 0.5 inches at the Thunder Invitational in Rocklin this past Saturday. The heave placed her third in a strong field of athletes from large California and Nevada schools.

Cassidy Osborne-Butler from Division I Damonte Ranch, who’s ranked among the top throwers in the nation, claimed the victory with a distance of 47-00.50, while Erica Grotegeer of Wheatland (Calif.) was second with a toss of 37-11.

Despite competing during heavy rain in the discus, Briggs placed 11th with a throw of 89-01. Her personal record is 110-9.00.

Events at the Thunder Invitational, which featured more than 50 schools, ran behind schedule due to the rain and sheer number of competitors. As a result, North Tahoe’s bus had to leave before the start of one of the Lakers’ best events — the 3,200-meter run.

In varsity competition, North Tahoe senior Nathan Lutz finished 35th in the long jump (16-11.50) and 53rd in the 100-meter dash (12.83), Cam Goldstone was 41st in the 1,600 (4:53.28), Jacob Buhler was 48th in the discus (87-05) and 69th in the shot put (32-03), and Stephen Kosonocky was 51st in the discus (83-10) and 77th in the shot put (28-08).

Senior Maddie Cleeland represented the North Tahoe girls with a 28th-place finish in the 100 hurdles (20.68) and 24th-place finish in the 300 hurdles (56.86), while Kayla Olson placed 55th in the discus (54-07).