The Del Norte High track and field team took a smaller roster than usual down to McKinleyville on Wednesday for the third Humboldt-Del Norte league meet of the season.
The girls were still able to grab second place with a team score of 117. It was the first time this year the Warriors have finished behind the Tigers, who won the meet with 131 points.
“Score-wise, we weren’t really trying to win the meet. We didn’t have any kids running four events,” said Del Norte head coach Samuel Escobar. “We maxed them out at three and some kids only ran two events. We just wanted to take it easy because our goal is to have them peak at the end of the season.
“At the same time, even though we pulled them back, the girls were still up there in the scores.”
With Del Norte in the midst of spring break, the Warriors only had 35 of their 76 athletes at the meet. Among the missing girls were Maddie Critz, Lupe Gonzalez and Kira Standring, who are generally solid scorers for the girls.
The Del Norte boys finished with 80 team points, finishing fourth overall.
The Warriors were back on the road Friday at Coos Bay, where they are competing in the 14th annual Rotary Invitational on the Prefontaine Track.
On Friday, Escobar said the team members planned to visit Southwestern Oregon Community College, where they caught up with former Warrior Kylee Bruder, who won the Humboldt-Del Norte high jump and pole vaulting championships along with the 4x100 meter relay as a senior for Del Norte.
At the Rotary Invitational, Del Norte will be competing with 26 other teams, all from Oregon. Although some of the schools are fairly small, based on the pre-meet seedings Escobar expects to see some good athletes.
“We have some kids that will place, like Chad Bell, Kayla Costello and maybe Jesus Lara,” Escobar said. “The rest of the kids should be in the middle of the pack somewhere.
“We don’t go there to win the meet or anything like that. We just want to reward the kids with a good competition and see how it goes.”
Although the Warriors have been a little short on numbers throughout spring break, Escobar is particularly pleased that the track team still has 76 members on the roster.
“We haven’t had a lot of kids quit the team, we haven’t lost kids for academic reasons and we have had really decent weather for track this year,” Escobar said.