Fox, Lathrop and Baxter shine in Eugene

Written by Observer staff July 02, 2014 10:03 am

A trio of area athletes enjoyed superb showings at Saturday’s Hershey’s Track and Field Oregon state finals at Hayward Field in Eugene. 

La Grande’s Alisa Fox took second place in both the 800-meter and 1,600-meter races in the 13- and 14-year-old age groups, clocking in at 2 minutes, 42 seconds, and 5 minutes, 44 seconds, respectively. Fox also placed in the standing long jump, where she finished 10th.

Joe Lathrop of Elgin earned three top-five finishes during his events in the 9- and 10-year-old group. Lathrop was the champion in the softball throw with a toss of 116 feet, 9 inches. He placed fourth in the 50 with a time of 7.95 seconds, and his run of 33.13 in the 200 was good for fifth place.

Union’s Jaimee Baxter also placed in three events during her competition in the 11- and 12-year-old group, led by her leap of 6 feet, 8 inches in the standing long jump, which placed her third. 

Baxter took fourth place in the 400 with a time of 1.10, and she finished seventh in the 100 with a time of 14.88.