By Ray Hamill — A pair of Eureka Loggers continue to feature among the best track and field athletes in the entire North Coast Section after another strong showing this past week, and that makes them our Athletes of the Week, sponsored by College of the Redwoods Athletics.
Senior Josh Mahle and junior Joseph Gonzalez are both enjoying an outstanding season in the shot put and discus and each of them set PRs at the Prefontaine Rotary Invite in Oregon on Saturday.
Mahle has the top NCS mark in the shot put this spring and the fourth best throw in the discus, while Gonzalez has the sixth best NCS mark in the shot put — which is the best for a junior — as well as the eighth best mark in the discus.
Not to be out-done, Eureka’s Anna McLaughlin is coming off a sensational performance at the recent state gymnastics championships, where she posted a career-best points total on her way to a state championship in her age group.
And that earns her athlete of the week honors as well.
Our team of the week, meanwhile, goes to the Eureka track and field team, which continues to lead the way in the H-DNL this spring and is coming off another strong showing at the Prefontaine Invite.
Redwood Coast Gymnastics
The 15-year-old from Eureka is a state champion after a career-best showing at the recent state championships, which were held earlier this month.
McLaughlin was one of two local gymnasts to place at the prestigious tournament, along with teammate Eva Cox, who also had a strong showing and placed eighth in her age group.
For more on McLaughlin and Cox, see Career-best performance lifts local gymnast to all-around state title …
Eureka Track and Field, Senior
Eureka Track and Field, Junior
Mahle set a PR in the shot put at last weekend’s meet in Coos Bay, throwing 51’3.75, the best mark in the entire NCS this spring.
This season he also threw a career-best 150’2 in the discus at a recent H-DNL meet, which is the fourth best mark in the NCS.
His junior teammate also is enjoying an outstanding spring and posted a pair of PRs at the Prefontaine meet.
Gonzalez threw a 142’8 in the discus and placed first in the event, as well as a 47’8.5 in the shot put to place third, just one spot behind Mahle.
These two standouts should only get stronger as the season progresses and will be expected to make some noise in the upcoming section championships.
TEAM OF THE WEEK
Eureka Track and Field
With Mahle and Gonzalez leading the way, a deep and talented Loggers track and field team has won three of the four combined boys and girls league meets at the varsity level this spring.
Several other athletes are also enjoying big seasons for the Loggers, including junior Ginny Brooks, who has the eighth best mark in section in the girls 100 meter hurdles (16.01 seconds).
Sophomores Emily Pesch, Lila Ekholdt and Miriam Mende, and juniors Charlotte Leonard, Aniah Gaither and Daniel Shaver, among others, have all impressed through the first half of the season.
The Eureka girls placed second out of 21 teams at the Prefontaine invite, while the Eureka boys placed fifth out of 25 teams.
For more on the Loggers, see Loggers, Warriors impress at Prefontaine Rotary Invite …