North Tahoe track and field: Laughlin leads Laker contingent at regionals
YERINGTON, Nev. ” Don’t bet on anyone in the 2A throwing the shot put or discus farther than North Tahoe senior James Laughlin.
When the Laker standout competes in throwing events, he wins those respective throwing events. And it’s usually not close.
This past weekend at the Regional Track and Field Championships in Yerington, Laughlin earned a pair of No. 1 seeds from the North with wins in both events. And it wasn’t close.
The defending state champ won the shot put with a throw of 50 feet, 6 inches ” more than 5 feet farther than the second-place mark of 45-05.5, set by Fritz Knight of Battle Mountain.
In the discus, Laughlin took first place over Knight with a throw of 145-05. Knight’s second-place throw measured 137-08.
The best marks coming out of the Southern 2A’s regional meet were well under those of Laughlin and Knight’s, as a toss of 38-08 won the shot put and a toss of 116-09 won the discus.
Last year at the state championship, Laughlin won with throws of 47-03.25 and 156-03.50, respectively.
The Lakers earned nine individual state championship berths, as the top five boy finishers and top four girls in each event qualify.
Besides Laughlin’s wins, Carson Clark finished third in the 3,200-meter run (two miles) with a time of 10:50.91, and teammate Hugo Ramirez took fourth in 10:58.92 to both qualify for state.
On the girls’ side, North Tahoe junior Kea Jolicoeur placed second in shot put with a throw of 32-06.25, trailing only Lexy Bunch of Battle Mountain (33-09.25).
Amy Leininger earned a state berth with a third-place finish in discus, recording a throw of 92-03 to Bunch’s winning toss of 98-07.
In the running events, North Tahoe junior Maiya Greenwood finished fourth in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:40.71, while the Lakers’ 4×100 relay team took fourth and the 4×200 team third. Both relay teams are made up of Keely Marple, Taylor Pasvantis, Sage Clark and Heidi Schroepfer, with Jolicoeur as the first alternate.
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