By Bill Choy
Triplicate Sports Editor
It was a good weekend for the Del Norte High Track and Field team.
The squad hosted the North Coast Section Redwood Empire Championships on Saturday in Crescent City and had six team members qualify for the NCS Meet of Champions in Berkeley, which starts on Friday.
The girls finished second overall with 60 points, and junior Kelsy Hintz set an NCS record in the pole vault with an attempt of 12 feet, smashing the previous record of 11 feet 2 inches. On May 11 at the Humboldt-Del Norte Conference White Star Championships, Hintz jumped a personal best 12.6 feet, breaking the league and meet records.
"It was exciting," she said about Saturday, adding it was nice to have such a good showing at home. Last year, Hintz made it to state. She also placed fourth in the 200-meter dash at the meet, good enough to compete in Berkeley.
The top seven finishers in each event qualified for the NCS meet of champions.
Hintz said she always looks forward to championship events the end of the season and said she is excited to be going up against some of the best track and field participants in Northern California on Friday and Saturday,
"It's another level," she said. Junior Bailee McCulloch placed first in the 200-meter dash and said she is excited to have made it to Berkeley.
"I have to try my hardest," she said. "It's going to be extremely hard, but it's always nice to know that I can say I made it this far."
The girls 4x100 relay team placed first. McCulloch and Hintz are members along with Rachel Cink and Jessica Slayton. Cink had an extremely strong showing at the meet, placing fourth in the shot put and fifth in the 300-meter hurdles. She just missed placing in the 100-meter hurdles, winding up in eighth.
Her sister, Rebecca Cink, placed second in the discus. Slayton earned fourth place in the high jump.
Taylor Duncan, the lone boy to place for the Warriors, finished second in the pole vault.
Saxon Schultz, Joseph Alexandre and Michael Worch finished in eighth in the triple jump, pole vault and the 300-meter hurdles respectively.
Schultz also placed 11th in the high jump.
Cody Hoffman placed 10th in the high jump and 11th in the 200-meter dash.
The boys 4x100 and 4x400 meter-relay teams both finished in 11th place.
Warrior track coach Scott Lindsay thanked the numerous volunteers who helped make the meet a success. More than 300 schools and 400 participants took part.
He added he was glad to have an event that exposed the community to track and field.
"It shows people here what track is about," Lindsay said. "People are not exposed to it here. It's good for them to see it."
The top four finishers in each event in Berkeley will qualify for state in Sacramento on June 1 and 2.