Prep track and field: Lakers’ Laughlin records big throws in his first meet of ’09 |

Prep track and field: Lakers’ Laughlin records big throws in his first meet of ’09

By Shannon Litz/Sun News ServiceNorth Tahoe senior Amy Leininger competes in the discus competition during the Big George Invitational in Minden on Saturday.

MINDEN, Nev. ” North Tahoe senior James Laughlin picked up where he left off his junior season, winning discus and taking second in shot put Saturday in his first meet of 2009.

Competing against 3A and 4A programs in the Big George Invitational at Douglas High, Laughlin ” the defending 2A champ in shot put and discus ” captured the top spot in discus with a throw of 142 feet, 7 inches.

He finished runner-up in shot put with a toss of 47 feet, 1.5 inches.

Only Chris Woolsey from 4A Reno High recorded a farther throw in the shot put, heaving it 50 feet, 1.25 inches. James Gallegos of Damonte Ranch came in third with a throw of 42-09.50, while Truckee junior Marshall Lipke placed eighth with a throw of 40-04.

North Tahoe head coach Skip Piechocinski said Laughlin fouled at 51 feet, which would have been good enough for first.

In the discus competition, Laughlin took the top spot ahead of Zane Lawrence of Spanish Springs, who recorded a throw of 137-05, and Gallegos, who placed third with a throw of 134-10.

Junior Kea Jolicoeur led North Tahoe’s girls throwers with a seventh-place finish in shot put and 10th place in discus. She recorded throws of 29-02 in shot put and 89-06 in discus.

The Lakers’ relay teams also fared well, as the girls 4×100 team finished eighth, the girls 4×200 team ninth and the 4×800 team sixth. On the boys’ side, North Tahoe’s 4×200 and 4×800 teams placed 10th.

Truckee’s boys 4×100 relay team placed eighth and its girls 4×200 team ninth.

Shot put

Place, Name, School, Seed, Finals, Points

1 Woolsey, Chris Reno 49-10.00 50-01.25 10

2 Laughlin, James North Tahoe 45-01.00 47-01.50 8

3 Gallegos, James Damonte Ranch 45-07.00 42-09.50 6

4 Springmeyer, Alex Damonte Ranch 43-00.00 41-11.50 5

5 Tisdale, Anthony Churchill County 42-09.00 41-10.25 4

6 Keathly, Brian Fernley 44-02.00 41-10.00 3

7 Katoa, Moses McQueen 43-09.00 40-11.00 2

8 Lipke, Marshall Tahoe-Truckee 43-05.00 40-04.00 1

9 Lawrence, Zane Spanish Springs 37-09.00 39-04.00

10 Smith, Connor Damonte Ranch 42-00.00 39-02.25


1 Laughlin, James North Tahoe 140-02 142-07 10

2 Lawrence, Zane Spanish Springs 139-00 137-05 8

3 Gallegos, James Damonte Ranch 132-09 134-10 6

4 Oxoby, Randall Dayton 127-00 122-01 5

5 Smith, Connor Damonte Ranch 128-06 121-03 4

6 Anderson, Tyler Lowry 117-00 120-11 3

7 McCoy, Blake Carson 137-08 120-00 2

8 Bircheff, Nick Dayton 105-00 117-00 1

9 Keathly, Brian Fernley 112-02 112-03

10 Churchill, Jeff Spanish Springs 105-08 107-06

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