Two individuals and two relay teams from the Del Norte High track and field team placed in the top eight of the California Interscholastic Federation North Coast Section Redwood Empire Area Track and Field Championships, held Saturday at Santa Rosa High School in Santa Rosa.
Sophomore Kayla Costello finished in fourth place in the 300-meter hurdles (47.08 seconds), the highest of any Warrior individual. Senior Katelynn Rowe took sixth place at 400 meters (1:00.39). Both Rowe and Costello will advance in their respective events to the NCS Meet of Champions, held at Edwards Stadium at the University of California, Berkeley, on Saturday, May 25.
The Del Norte girls’ 4x100-meter relay team of Rowe, Costello, Rachel Rowe and Maddie Critz qualified for the Meet of Champions with a sixth-place finish at Redwood Empire, in 51.11. Katelynn Rowe, Rachel Rowe, Costello and Joely Tynes combined on a seventh-place finish in the 4x400-meter relay (4:11.66).
“We’re definitely pleased with everyone’s performances,” Warriors head coach Samuel Escobar said. “Saddened by some, but pleased with overall performances. It was a tough day.”
Katelynn Rowe also captured ninth place in the 300 hurdles (48.12), and junior Kaitlyn Clemann’s high jump of 4 feet, 10 inches was good for ninth place; Clemann, Rowe and Costello were the only Warriors with top-10 individual finishes.
Sophomore Chad Bell’s 12th-place finish in the triple jump (39 feet, 9 inches) was the highest of any Del Norte boy.
Senior Dalton Alexandre set a personal best in the 300 hurdles (42.74, 14th), and senior Shawn De Arman threw the discus 111-3 (19th place), also a personal best. Freshman Jesus Lara set personal records in both the 800 (2:09.43, 19th place) and the 1,600 (4:41.61, 18th).
“We’re so hopeful for his future in high school distance races,” Escobar said of Lara.
Clemann set a personal best in the girls’ triple jump (31-11.25, 11th), and Critz posted season-best times in the 200 (27.36, 15th) and the 100 hurdles (17.04, 12th).