Sequim’s star thrower Anna LaBeaume continues to impress the track and field world.
The Linfield College (McMinnville, Ore.) junior, broke the school’s record in the hammer toss at 170 feet, 2 inches (51.87 meters) at the Lewis and Clark Spring Break Open on March 22.
LaBeaume broke a 16-year old record set by Jennifer Boyman by more than 3 feet. She also added more than 7 feet to her personal record, which she set a week before.
As of Monday, April 8, she’s currently the fifth-best hammer thrower in NCAA Division III.
LaBeaume is proud of the record.
“I wasn’t necessarily looking to beat the school record since I mainly try to beat my own goals but it was a double win in having a PR and getting the record,” she said.
“My next goal is just to get a better mark for the meets to come for all of my events.”
Four days after breaking Linfield’s record, she was chosen as the Northwest Conference Women’s Field Student-Athlete of the Week.
This is the second weekly conference honor of the season for LaBeaume and the fourth of her career at the college. She and sprinters Melany Crocker (senior, Milwaukie, Ore.) and Halsie Peek (sophomore, Corbett, Ore.) also have been honored for their achievements this season.
LaBeaume said she’s been practicing hard to make her mark and she’s found college to be a fantastic success.
“I will admit, the first two years of college were very hard for me, but after I found my niche and my interests for study, it all became a lot easier for me,” she said. “I am extremely excited about my future and life beyond college. There are still some plans forming for the future but overall I am very excited for what is in store for me.”
In Division III, LaBeaume is ranked 24th in shot put (41’ 6”) and 29th in discus (131’ 2”). She’s qualified for the Northwest Conference Championships in hammer throw, shot put and discus and will look to defend her titles in both the hammer and shot put in late April.
LaBeaume doesn’t hold any other records at the school, but she said there’s still time.