Keely McLaughlin set the bar for track and field at Grove High School.
A four-time state champion and a state record holder in shot put, McLaughlin closed out her prep career in May with a trip to Moore High School for the annual Meet of Champions, which consists of state meet winners and runner-ups in each event.
McLaughlin won her second gold medal in as many years in shot put at the Meet of Champions and also claimed top honors in the discus.
She finished with a throw of 43-09 in the shot to win by over a foot, and had a distance of 133-6 in the discus, winning the event by five feet.
“It was the first time I was able to win both events in the same year for the Meet of Champions,” McLaughlin said. “Moore isn't my favorite place to compete at because it's usually windy and it never has favorable conditions, but it's always great to go compete against the best of the best in Oklahoma. It's always a great experience to compete with everybody from all of the different classes.”
Her career is stacked with accolades.
Three of her state titles came in shot put, including a state meet record distance of 45-04.5 back in May at Yukon High School. McLaughlin's throw of 43-08 won gold as a junior in 2016, and she finished with a 39-04.5 to take top honors as a sophomore.
The other state championship came in discus as a sophomore when her throw of 142-01 earned gold.
McLaughlin finished fourth in the shot put as a freshman. She had silver medals as both a freshman and senior in the discus, and was third as a junior. She missed gold by just two inches this past season.
She has aspirations to become an Olympian, but the next stage of her track and field career will take place at Oregon State University.
She will unite with one of the premier throwing coaches anywhere in the country in assistant coach David Dumble. Dumble will be in his second season with the Beavers, following a 16-year stint at Arizona State where he was nationally acclaimed.
“They have a phenomenal throwing coach,” McLaughlin said. “He was actually at Arizona State and I looked into going there because of him. He's probably the best in the nation for throwing.”
McLaughlin will continue on with shot put and discus, but will also be competing in hammer and weight throwing on the next level.
She hopes with the aid of Dumble that she can reach the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo after missing out in 2016 at Rio.
“That's my goal,” she said. “I definitely want to go to Tokyo. My original goal was to get to Rio and that didn't happen. I think with a lot better guidance and being involved with a structured program it will definitely help me get there. By then I will be a junior in college and have more experience.”