If she wins her district, or qualifies with one of the 12-best non-winning throws from across the state, she’d likely square off against Naomi Dalton, who right now has 2 feet, 4 inches on Laufenberg.
But she was kind on herself when she set her freshman season goal two years ago. All Laufenberg wants to do this year is qualify for state, and there’s a good chance she’ll do so in discus.
“I hope to go to state this year,” she said. “I probably wouldn’t win (shot put) because that’s a whole two feet I have to improve. But next year, I’d like to win it. That’d probably be the goal for me.”
Regardless of where Laufenberg finishes, James said she’s an athlete to keep an eye on for years to come.
“Meet records will continue to fall,” James said. “She has some of the most natural, raw talent I have had the pleasure of seeing. She’s a sponge and she’s beyond coachable. I honestly don’t think she knows how good she is.”
In Laufenberg’s book, she qualifies in year one and wins state in year two. As for year three and beyond...
“She’s going to be a monster,” James said.
In meets to come, Laufenberg will take the field as Prince of Peace’s only female track star. In a sport akin to isolation, she needs to rely only on herself to improve inch by inch.
Her 20 points a meet may only catch a small glance in the team totals.
But those who know track appear to be waiting on Laufenberg’s every throw, with certainty she’ll do something else to set Prince of Peace apart.