The Del Norte boys and girls track teams both finished in 11th place overall at the Sterling/Lithia Invitational in Klamath Falls on Saturday.
“The idea is to have the kids run in a different environment and have them exposed to some different competition,” Escobar said. “They do what they can as far as placing. We were pleased with it.”
McQueen, one of the top track and field schools in Nevada dominated the meet, winning both the boys and girls team competitions.
“They had kids placing first and second or one, two and three,” Escobar said. “When you go against that type of competition I think it is good for these kids, they are impressed. It is good for these kids to see that type of talent.”
Escobar said he hopes that his team was able to learn from how the athletes from McQueen warmed up, and how focused they were throughout the meet.
Once again, the Del Norte boys were led by Chad Bell. Bell finished second in the javelin in just his third competition. His best throw of 167-11 was over 26 feet longer than his previous best throw.
“He was throwing against kids that are throwing the javelin day in and day out,” Escobar said. “For him to rip off 168 feet and finish a couple feet behind the kid that took first place is incredible. The type of talent that he has crosses over from one event to the next. If we had him running a mile he would be doing that well. We have had him triple jump in the past and he did that well.”
Bell also took third in the long jump, where he traveled 21’10” for another personal record.
Kayla Costello was the girls’ top performer in Klamath Falls. She finished third in the 300 meter hurdles with a time of 48.07. In the 100 meter hurdles, Costello took fourth place, but she broke the 17-second mark for the first time the year with a time of 16.96. Costello also cleared 8-06 in the pole vault for sixth-place.
“She cleared 8-foot-6 on the pole vault after only doing it for six weeks or so. That is pretty cool to see,” Escobar said. “She also ran against some tough competition in the hurdles and her times show that she did very well.”
Del Norte will be back at home one last time for the final Humboldt-Del Norte league meet of the season. Field events will begin at 3 p.m. with track events at 3:30 p.m.
Escobar said each kid will run their top three events in the meet.
“It is fine-tuning for the league qualifier that is coming up in a couple of weeks,” he said.