North Tahoe track and field | Laker standouts shine at large meet
The Lakers are scheduled to compete in the Thunder Invitational in Rocklin on Saturday and the Del Oro Invite the following Friday, April 17.
At a slender 5-foot-8.5 inches, Jordan Briggs looks like she’s in the wrong line as she awaits her turn to throw the shot put. Then she throws, and her presence is more than validated.
The North Tahoe junior, commonly outweighed by 30 to 50 pounds at large meets, continued her successful season in the event with another quality finish at the Reed Sparks Rotary Invitational this past Saturday.
In a field of 60 athletes, many of them from Division I or Division I-A schools, Briggs finished fourth with a heave of 34 feet, 10 inches — just shy of her personal best. Her first throw traveled close to 37 feet but was discounted because she fouled. Driftwind Nau of Sparks won with a throw of 36-08.75.
Briggs, who also placed 11th in the discus (100-07), is currently ranked No. 1 in the Nevada Division III ranks in the shot put and No. 3 in the discus.
On the track, North Tahoe senior Tara Gallant continued her string of competitive finishes with a sixth place in the 1,600-meter run, posting a time of 5:39.62. Gallant, who is the second-ranked DIII runner in the 1,600, pulled out of the 3,200 because she wasn’t feeling 100 percent.
Another North Tahoe senior who is enjoying a successful season, James Palacio, raced to an 11th-place finish in the 1,600 (4:47.66), while junior teammate Cam Goldstone finished 25th (5:07.88). Palacio is ranked third in the DIII in the 1,600.
The Lakers’ distance medley relay team, consisting of Palacio, Goldstone, JC Schoonmaker and Max Burkhart, finished eighth with a time of 11:59.34.
Also competing for the North Tahoe boys, Nathan Lutz placed 13th in the 40-yard dash (5.23), and Martine Barrera was 19th in the frosh/soph shot put (37-10.25). Many of the North Tahoe were out of town due to Spring Break.
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