Anna LaBeaume, now a sophomore at Linfield College, competes at the 2009 class 2A state track and field meet. Sequim Gazette file photo by Michael Dashiell
A track and field star in high school, Sequim High grad Anna LaBeaume is shining bright on the college scene as well.
The sophomore at Linfield College (McMinnville, Ore.) was honored as the Northwest Conference Women’s Field Student-Athlete of the Week, as announced Tuesday by the league’s sports information directors.
LaBeaume, a 2010 Sequim High School graduate, won the shot put and placed second in two other events at the Pacific Preview, and the next day recorded a pair of top-five finishes at the Oregon Preview.
She won the shot with a season-best toss (41 feet, 3.75 inches/12.59 meters), was second in both the discus (season-best 112 feet, 11 inches/34.41 meters) and the hammer throw (146 feet, 9 inches/44.74 meters).
LaBeaume improved upon her No. 4 mark in the Linfield record books in the hammer throw with a career-best toss of 150 feet, 4 inches (45.82 meters). She also took fifth in the shot put (38 feet, 10.25 inches/11.84 meters).
LaBeaume has qualified for the Northwest Conference Championships in three throwing events; she holds the top marks in the shot put and hammer throw as well as the fifth-best throw in the discus.
Among all Division III competitors, she holds the sixth-best mark in the shot put and the 10th-best in the hammer.
She is the defending conference champion in the shot put and finished 12th in the same event at the NCAA Division III Track & Field Championships last year.
In the Linfield record books, in addition to holding the fourth-best mark in the hammer throw, LaBeaume also ranks No. 4 all-time for the shot put with a heave of 44 feet, 9.5 inches.