North Tahoe track and field: Lakers competitive at Loomis meet

Staff report
Nathan Lutz crosses the finish line of the 100-meter dash.
Courtesy Greg Briggs |

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The Lakers are scheduled to compete in the Glenn Poole Invitational in Roseville this Saturday.

Competing with limited numbers due to Spring Break, a small group of North Tahoe track and field athletes posted impressive results at the Del Oro Invitational in Loomis last Friday.

Senior distance specialist Cam Goldstone led the varsity contingent, as he placed second in the 1-mile run while setting a personal record with a time of 4:49.84. He also placed ninth in the 3,200 (10:20.11).

In addition to his running prowess, Goldstone represents the Lakers by exhibiting the utmost level of sportsmanship on the track. He shakes the hands of his competitors and wishes them luck before every race, then, while still trying to catch his breath, congratulates them at the finish line. On Friday he was observed lending a hand to an exhausted runner sprawled out on the infield and steadying him on his feet for several minutes as he recovered.

In other varsity competition, North Tahoe senior thrower Jordan Briggs placed third in the shot put with a heave of 34-03 and finished seventh in the discus (99-03). Kayla Olson also competed in the shot put, finishing 36th (22-00).

Senior Jacob Buhler placed 25th in the shot put (33-09) and 19th in the discus (101-06), Stephen Kosonocky was 28th in the shot put (33-07) and 25th in the discus (91-05), and Nathan Lutz was 20th in the 100-meter prelims (12.08) and 27th in the 200 prelims (25.44).

Kyla Pierce competed in three events for the North Tahoe girls, tying for seventh in the high jump (4-08) and placing 16th in the long jump 13-08.5) and 12th in the triple jump (28-02). Senior Allison Wright was 26th in the 100 prelims (13.80) and 20th in the 200 prelims (28.76).

It was a freshman who stole the show for the Lakers, however. In her first meet of the season, standout alpine ski racer AJ Hurt turned heads with dominant performances in the frosh/soph long jump and triple jump.

Hurt won both events, recording a leap of 35-06 in the triple jump and 15-09 in the long jump. Her distance in the triple jump was nearly three feet farther than the winning jump in the varsity competition, while her long jump victory measured a full foot farther than second place — and would have been good enough for third among varsity.

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