Little sister, big thrower

Lauren Kinloch isn?t as imposing as big brother James, but she can sling a discus
By: Bill Poindexter/Roseville Press Tribune Sports Editor
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One look, and one discus throw, and, ?You know right away he?s a phenomenal thrower,? Granite Bay High School track and field coach Jackie Nasca says of senior James Kinloch.

And then there?s Lauren Kinloch, James? little sister. And literally, Lauren is James? little sister.

?She?s tiny,? Nasca says.

But, little Lauren throws an impressive discus herself.

James Kinloch won the discus ? by more than 37 feet ? with a throw of 171 feet, 4½ inches at the Sierra Foothill League finals Friday at Nevada Union in Grass Valley. He also placed second in the shot put at 46-10.

Lauren Kinloch placed second in the varsity girls competition with a throw of 102-8½.

They?ll join their Granite Bay teammates and athletes from Roseville, Woodcreek and Oakmont at the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II and III trials today at Bella Vista. The finals are Friday.

Nasca has coached James Kinloch for four years and said she knew then he was a good discus thrower. She described him as ?a student of the sport.?
Lauren also works hard and shares similarities with her big brother, according to Nasca, but she?s also ?just a little more relaxed.?
?She doesn?t get too upset if she does too poorly, whereas James will just pound it, pound it, pound it until he gets it right,? Nasca says. ?You can?t deny James.?
Granite Bay JV discus throwers Jami Duarte (108-9) and Kelsey Short (104-8½) both broke the school record of 103 last week. Nasca says Lauren Kinloch wants to top 110 feet this week.
Kinloch ranks eighth in her flight. If those rankings hold, she?ll qualify for the Masters Meet on May 26 and 27 at Hughes Stadium in Sacramento.
Del Oro won the varsity and JV girls titles at the SFL finals and shared the JV boys crown with Rocklin. Del Oro finished second to Rocklin in varsity boys.

Sub: SFL finals highlights
Granite Bay ? Kevin Nielsen won the high jump (6-5), long jump (22-9) and 110 hurdles (14.8). Christine Zavesky won the 800 (2:18.09) and 1,600 (5:13.86). Brooke Holt won the 3,200 (11:19.62), Katie Zingheim won the pole vault (12-10), and John Park won the triple jump (45-4).
Roseville ? Senior Stephanie Blumm won the 300 hurdles again, this one in a time of 44.2, and senior Kellyn Morning doubled in the 100 (12.55) and 200 (25.68).
Woodcreek ? Hannah Hardy won the long jump (16-8) and led a 1-2 finish with Destiny Standifer in the triple jump at 36-3½ and 35-8.

Sub: Oakmont boys win CVC
Oakmont?s boys, after sweeping all three Capital Valley Conference meets in the regular season, captured the championship in the finals with 123 points to Bella Vista?s 91.
Oakmont winners included Derrick Booth in the 300 hurdles (39.83), Edixon Puglisi in the boys 800 (2:01.47), Lishen Lu in the pole vault (14-2¼), and Nelson Quinley and Zach Sidhu finished 1-2 in the discus at 147-7 and 124-4.
The Oakmont girls totaled 165 points, second to Bella Vista?s 211.
Stanford-bound Jazmin Harper was a triple winner for the Vikings. Harper and sophomore Katie Carte finished 1-2 in the 200 at 25.88 and 26.79. Harper also won the 400 in 57.6 and the long jump in 17-11½. Freshman Marisa Carino doubled in the 1,600 (5:16.9) and 800 (2:21.41).

Sac-Joaquin Section Division II and III meet
When: Trials at 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 18; finals at 3 p.m. Friday
Where: Bella Vista High School, 8301 Madison Ave., Fair Oaks