Boys take 7th in driving rain
Even in the driving rain of Wednesday’s Humboldt-Del Norte league track meet in McKinleyville, the performances of Del Norte’s Morgan Laney, Katelynn Rowe, Kayla Costello and Jennifer Goacher were bright spots for the Warriors.
Each of them finished in fourth place or better in two events — with Laney, a Sacramento State signee, winning the shot put — as the Del Norte girls took second in the meet’s team standings. The Warriors scored 95 points to Arcata’s 153; Fortuna (72), Eureka (46) and McKinleyville (46) rounded out the top five teams.
Chad Bell and Lakey Coney continued their strong seasons for the Del Norte boys, who finished seventh in the meet’s team standings with 16 points. Fortuna (107.5 points), Arcata (98) and McKinleyville (88) comprised the top three placers in the boys’ standings.
Laney, a California Interscholastic Federation state qualifier in the shot put last season, won the event Wednesday with a throw of 34 feet, 1 inch. The senior also took second in the discus with a throw of 89 feet, 9 inches.
“It was a nice, consistent performance,” Warriors coach Samuel Escobar said of Laney’s meet.
Brianna Wakefield also had a standout meet for Del Norte in the throwing events, taking third in the shot put (27-4) and fifth in the discus (79-8).
In the hurdles, Rowe and Costello finished 1-2 at 300 meters (50.15 seconds and 51.27 seconds, respectively). Rowe completed the 100-meter hurdles in 17.91 seconds for third place in that event, with Costello right behind in fourth place (18.08).
In the sprints, Goacher contributed a pair of runner-up finishes at 100 meters (13.19) and 200 meters (27.08). Escobar was complimentary of Hannah Pickerall, who “did exceptionally well” in a third-place effort at 100 meters (1:06.72).
Del Norte took second in the 1,600-meter relay (4:29.76) and a disappointing third in the 400-meter relay (52.62). According to Escobar, a botched handoff cost the Warriors valuable seconds.
“It was good to see the 4x100(-meter relay) team get humbled,” Escobar said. “They’re a team that hasn’t lost all year. I’d rather see them get beat now than get beat later.”
For the boys, Bell took sixth place in the 200 (25.19) and fourth place in the 400 (55.61) — “new events for him,” according to Escobar. Coney leaped 16 feet, 9 inches to finish second in the long jump, and also took seventh place in the triple jump.
The high jump and pole vault events for both boys and girls were canceled due to rain.
Del Norte continues its season today at the 12th annual Prefontaine Rotary Invitational in Coos Bay beginning at 10:30 a.m.