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Wolves track stars advance to nationals
The competition doesn’t get much tougher than this.
Stephanie Marcy, a 2007 Sequim High School graduate and two-time collegiate All-American, is competing in two events at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, June 8-11.
Marcy, a two-time state champion while at Sequim High and now a senior at Stanford University, competes in the 10,000-meter race on Wednesday, June 8, and in the 5,000-meter race on Friday, June 10. She is seeded fourth in the 10k and sixth in the 5k.
She qualified for nationals after running a 33:31 in the 10,000 meters at the West Region preliminaries at the University of Oregon on May 26 — a time that has her within 30 seconds of qualifying for the U.S. Olympic Trials.
“(It) is a far cry from London (site of the 2012 Olympic Games) but I would happy just to make it to the trials,” Marcy said.
A top-eight finish in either event at nationals would add another All-American honor to the Stanford star’s resume.
Marcy also has qualified to run in the U.S. Championships in Eugene, Ore., on June 23.
See www.ustfccca.org for updates.
Freshman forges ahead
For most freshman track & field collegians, getting to a national finals meet is a long shot.
That’s exactly why Anna LaBeaume made it.
The 2010 Sequim High graduate and freshman at Linfield College (McMinnville, Ore.) placed 12th in the shot put at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio, on May 27.
LaBeaume heaved a throw of 43 feet, 5¼ inches, pushing her two spots better than her 14th-place seed coming into the meet.
Though that throw was more than a foot off her best collegiate effort (44-9½), it still ranks as one of the top-10 best throws in Linfield history.
LaBeaume’s personal best ranks third in the school annals.
A two-time state champion while at Sequim High, LaBeaume sports a 3.75 grade-point average in the classroom and is finishing up a class load that includes art, choir, band, writing and ecology classes.