In girls’ high school track and field, Mandan’s Taylor Leingang is only a sophomore, but she has already cemented herself as one of the top javelin throwers in the WDA.
For Taylor Leingang, she always knew she would throw the javelin.
“My mom threw it,” Leingang said. “So I kind of grew up throwing it. I think it’s my best event overall.”
Taylor has been a force since she stepped on the scene as an eighth grader and took ninth at State. Last year, she finished sixth.
“She’s a strong athlete if you followed here in volleyball and basketball,” head coach Brooke Wiedrich said. “She’s a stud when it comes to throwing. Last year, right out of the gate she threw over a 120-feet.”
Taylor works with her throws coach, Alexis Rasset, but she also gets a little extra help from mom at home.
“I do a lot actually during the season and evenings during the season before big meets,” Leingang said.
And mom is pretty tough.
“Yeah,” Leingang said, “but that’s how I like it.”
Despite uncorking a season-best throw of 124-08 at Watford City, Taylor still thinks she can improve her release tossing the javelin.
“When I run up before I throw,” Leingang said, “if I can get it faster, then I can release the javelin faster, which will give me more momentum for it to go farther.”
If she can figure out her release, her coach thinks a championship is possible.
“She has a really good shot at becoming the WDA Champion in the javelin,” said Wiedrich.
This Saturday, Taylor and the Mandan girls will compete in the Mandan Kiwanis Meet at 10 a.m.