When I looked back through the Humboldt-Del Norte League track record book there is only one record that has held up longer than the one set by a former Warrior standout.
In 1958 Keith Weidkemp from Eureka set the 200- meter record that still stands. Brad Ames, a 1967 Del Norte High School graduate, set the league long jump record in his senior year.
His jump of 22 feet 6 inches is still the standard to beat. With the increase in the number of athletes that now participate in track, a record that had stood for 42 years speaks very highly of the young men that set it.
Brad was a multi-talented athlete with excellent speed that played football for the Warriors under coach Tex Gatlin. Unfortunately, during his junior year he suffered a major knee injury that ended his football career. He had to undergo complete reconstruction surgery to repair the damage.
After the surgery the long physical therapy and rehab was a tribute to this young athlete’s desire to continue competing. He was unable to play football his senior year, but his hard work paid off as he set his long jump mark that still stands.
After graduating from high school Brad went on to college at Fresno State. His knee kept him from playing football but he did continue his track career. When he left college he went to work for a telemarketing company in the San Francisco Bay Area.
This job has seen him make moves to many areas around the country. He is now in Connecticut and enjoys life on the east coast.
It is interesting to note that both the boys and girls league long jump records are held by Warriors — Brad’s record set in 1967 and Myra Albrecht’s record set in 1971.
Dick Trone writes on his reflections and the history of Del Norte High Warrior sports. Trone, who played football for the Warriors, had an illustrious career on the gridiron at Humboldt State University. Trone was head football coach at Del Norte High for a number of years before retiring.