By Bill Choy
Triplicate Sports Editor
For the second straight year, Kelsy Hintz is going to state in the pole vault.
The Del Norte High junior placed second at the North Coast Section Meet of Champions on Friday, to qualify for the right to head to state in Sacramento on June 1 and 2.
Hintz vaulted a stellar 12-3 feet, which smashed the meet mark of 11-6 feet.
Stacey Jung of Campolindo also jumped 12-3 at the event. She won the tiebreaker because she did not use as many attempts during the competition. Each competitor has three chances to meet a height.
At 11-6 feet, Hintz needed three chances to make the height, as well as at 12 feet.
"It was very stressful," Hintz said. "I'm glad with the outcome, but to get there was a struggle."
Track Coach Scott Lindsay said Hintz had to wait almost four hours to compete and was proud of how she was able to set the meet record and overcome her rough patch of using all three of her vaulting attempts.
"She gave us a scare, but we were confident in her ability," he said. "It was a good day for her."
Hintz said she has been working all year with the goal of going to state and was ecstatic she succeeded.
"I'm excited to go again," she said. "It will be fun, definitely. It's something I've been looking forward to."
On Friday, Bailee McCulloch competed in the 100 and 200-meter dash. She finished 11th out of 24 participants in both, with times of 12.82 seconds, and 26.43 seconds respectfully.
"That's a good showing," Lindsay said.
Rachel Cink placed 17th in the shot put with a mark of 31 feet 7 inches, and 19th in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 49.68. The girls 4x100 relay team finished with a time of 51.49 seconds, the second fastest time they raced this year, Lindsay said.
Today, Warriors who will compete are Jessica Slayton in the high jump, Rebecca Cink in the discus and Taylor Duncan in the pole vault.
To get to Berkeley, the six participants from Del Norte had to place at the North Coast Section Redwood Empire Championships last Saturday in Crescent City, the first time the event was held in town in about five years.