For the third time in her career, Anna LaBeaume (Jr., Sequim, Wash.) has been honored as the Northwest Conference Female Field Student-Athlete of the Week, as announced Tuesday following a vote of the league’s sports information directors.
LaBeaume opened the outdoor track and field season with a career-best and event-winning toss in the hammer throw, improving upon her third-best mark in the program record books. She hurled the ball and chain 158, 7 inches (48.34 meters), an eight-foot increase from her previous best.
She also placed third in the discus (132-02/39.97m) at the season-opening Linfield Erik Anderson Memorial Icebreaker.
LaBeaume has thrown the hammer farther than any other competitor in Division III (by nearly two feet) so far this year, and ranks second in the discus (five feet behind the national leader).
The junior is the league’s two-time defending champion in the shot put, and also won the hammer throw at the 2012 NWC Championships. Among Linfield’s all-time best marks, she ranks in the top five for three events: shot put (third, 44-09.50/13.65m), hammer (third) and discus (fifth, 135-02/41.20m).
Last season as a sophomore, LaBeaume was twice honored as the league’s field student-athlete of the week, and was also selected to the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association’s All-Academic Team.
NEXT: LaBeaume and the rest of the Wildcats face up against two Northwest Conference foes (George Fox and Lewis & Clark) at the GFU Rich Allen Classic on Saturday.
Division III leader in the hammer
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