Two days after reserving their places in the White Star and Redwood Empire Area track and field meets, 11 members of the Del Norte High track and field team headed to Grants Pass, Ore., for a loaded last-chance meet.
Kayla Costello (second from left), Maddie Critz (third from left) and the Del Norte High girls placed third in the freshman/sophomore division at the Grants Pass Rotary Invitational Track & Field Meet, held Saturday at Grants Pass (Ore.) High School. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
The Grants Pass Rotary Invitational Track & Field Meet saw 37 schools from Oregon and California descend upon Grants Pass High School on Saturday.
Del Norte found success in the meet’s freshman/sophomore girls division, with the Warriors taking third place (57 points) behind Roseburg (Ore.) High (152.5) and Crater High (Central Point, Ore.) (60). Del Norte finished 15th in the varsity girls division (15 points).
“There was tough competition,” Warriors head coach Samuel Escobar said. “If you didn’t place in the top eight, it’s okay because you got there (in the first place).”
Case in point: Warriors senior Katelynn Rowe ran the 400 meters in 58.84 seconds, a personal-best time by nearly half a second — and finished seventh in the varsity race.
“It was an outstanding time, but she just got beat,” Escobar said. “It was good that she had (competitors) in front of her — they pulled her along.”
Rowe also accrued a fourth-place finish (48.12) in the varsity 300-meter hurdles. Junior Kaitlyn Clemann cleared 4 feet, 10 inches in the high jump for fourth place.
Escobar was complimentary of Del Norte’s freshman/sophomore girls 4x400-meter relay team. The quartet of Rachel Rowe, Maddie Critz, Joely Tynes and Kayla Costello finished second in 4:17.23.
“They were in the lead going around everything but the last turn,” Escobar said.
Rowe, Critz, Tynes and Costello joined up in the 4x100 relay as well, taking second place (51.19).
Costello won the freshman/sophomore 300 hurdles (48.77) and finished fourth in the 100 hurdles (17.35). Critz and Rowe enjoyed success in the 100, finishing second (13.30) and fourth (13.68), respectively. Sophomore Katelyn Eninger set a personal-best mark in the triple jump (31-4) en route to a sixth-place finish.
Del Norte sophomore Chad Bell won the freshman/sophomore boys’ long jump with a mark of 19 feet, 6.75 inches. Bell added runner-up finishes in the triple jump (40-5.75) and the high jump (5-10). As the lone freshman/sophomore Warrior at the meet, Bell tied for 12th place overall with 23 points.
Senior Dalton Alexandre was the lone competitor for the boys in the varsity division; his best finish in an event was 11th place 110-meter hurdles (17.40).