Del Norte shot putter headed for state meet
Del Norte High shot putter Morgan Laney placed first in the North Coast Section Meet of Champions in Berkeley on Saturday.
Her throw of 40 feet, 2 inches was a lifetime best and a school record. For the second straight year, she qualified for the California Interscholastic Federation State Track and Field Championships.
The state meet is coming up Friday and Saturday in Clovis.
Laney will join the Sacramento State track and field team next season. She is the first Del Norte track athlete to sign a Division 1 scholarship right out of high school since pole vaulter Taylor Duncan did it in 2009.
Also Saturday, Del Norte’s Kyle Bruder tied for 10th in the pole vault, going 9 feet, 11 inches.
On the first day of the meet Friday, Del Norte senior Kylee Bruder cleared 5 feet even in the high jump, tying for 11th place.
Jennifer Goacher captured 12th place in the 200-meter dash (26.01 seconds) and 16th in the 100 (12.79). Katelynn Rowe took 18th place in the 300-meter hurdles (48.55) and 19th place in the 400 (1:00.90). Neither qualified for the final in her respective events.
The Warriors’ 400-meter relay team of Kayla Costello, Rowe, Bruder and Goacher finished 14th in its preliminary round (50.77).
Del Norte’s 1,600-meter relay team of Costello, Hannah Pickerall, Rowe and Goacher clocked in at 4:08.05 for 13th place.
NOTE: See Thursday's print edition of the Triplicate for full coverage of Morgan Laney’s regional victory and her preparations for the state meet.