The Del Norte track and field team honored its seniors by sending them out as winners in their final meet at home.
The varsity girls dominated the team standings, topping second place Arcata 162-118. The varsity boys team race was much closer, but the Warriors were able to edge out second place McKinleyville 122-118. The boys freshman/sophomore team completed the Del Norte clean sweep with a team score of 145, beating second place Fortuna by 51.
“We did well,” Escobar said. “The coaches were extremely pleased and the kids were happy about it. It was a great environment for kids to compete in.”
Running in sunny warm weather, Del Norte was able to turn in some of its best efforts of the season. The Warriors had 73 personal records throughout the course of the day.
Sophomore Victor de Los Santos set personal records in both the 110 meter hurdles and the 300 meter hurdles. De Los Santos won the 110 hurdles in a time of 16.84. He finished second in the 300 hurdles in 42.73 seconds.
Junior Kayla Costello turned in her best times of the season in both the 100 and 300 meter hurdles as well. Costello took first place in both events, running the 100 hurdles in 17.17 and the 300 hurdles in 47.42.
Junior Chad Bell also had a solid day. He competed in the triple jump for the first time this season and won it with a jump of 38’9. He also threw discus for just the second time this year, taking fourth place with a throw of 113’4. Teammate Colton Davis just barely edged him out for third place with a throw of 114’7.
Escobar was also particularly pleased with the performance of the pole vaulters on Wednesday. For the first time all season, the boys had three pole vaulters break the 11-foot mark with Jackson Evans, Brandon Weiser and Jonathon Martinez all clearing 11-foot and finishing first, second and third respectively. Weiser set a personal record getting up to 11’6 and Evans became the first pole vaulter in the entire Humboldt-Del Norte league to clear 12 feet this season.
Del Norte also finished first in the girls pole vault. Costello matched her best height of the season at 8’6. Emily Holt set a new personal best by clearing 7 feet.
Before the start of the meet, the Warriors honored their 10 seniors prior to the start of competition on Wednesday.
“The seniors have all contributed,” Escobar said. “The two most outstanding seniors would have to be Kira Standring and Guadalupe Gonzalez. I say they are the most outstanding because they were four-year track participants. Track is a demanding sport. It is a long season. You are competing from early February all the way until June. To have kids come out and to do it for four years says a lot about the kids.”
It was the first year trying track for seniors Evans, Brooke Trujillo and Kayla Cain.
Seniors Kaitlyn Clemann, David Sathe, Ryan Waite, Hunter Mattz and James Burgess are all in their second year with the track team.
The Warriors will be back in action this Saturday, when they take a select handful of qualifiers to the Grants Pass Rotary. The rest of the Del Norte track team will wait for the Humboldt-Del Norte prelims, which will be held May 9 in Fortuna.