Season begins on March 17 for DN
When the Del Norte High track and field squad begins competing in March, it will be a new start in more ways than one.
Longtime assistant coach Samuel Escobar will take over head coaching duties from previous coach Robyn Parker.
And for the first time in several years, the team will have new uniforms better designed for the rainy condition on the North Coast. The team is also continuing to raise funds for workout uniforms.
The previous uniforms were “old and well worn,” Escobar said, and it was time for a change. The new gear should arrive in March before the start of the season.
To raise the funds for the approximately 45 new uniforms, Escobar went to friends, family members of kids on the team and local sponsors to help raise the money. Sponsors included the Smith River Rancheria, Alexandre Eco-Dairy, David Cink and Larry Eninger of Pacific Vision Medical Center and Bill Cochran.
Escobar said the new uniforms are a significant upgrade and look great. They give team members a nice confidence boost by “looking good out there.” It’s important for the track program to have uniforms “that will last” and can be used for many years to come, he said.
The new tops are “compressed tops” which “keep the body warm and keep the muscles warm,” Escobar said.
In the past, with the rainy weather in the area, team members have gotten cold during meets. The new uniforms will help keep them toasty, which will hopefully help them with their performance on the track, Escobar said.
Del Norte opens the season March 17 at a meet in Brookings and will have its home opener March 29.
Escobar will be assisted this year by George Hartman, Doug Wakefield and Fred Victor.
Del Norte had a successful season in 2011. The girls team took first overall at the Humboldt-Del Norte Conference Championships. Morgan Laney, who will be a senior this year, earned a berth in state in the shot put. A total of eight Warriors earned berths to the Northcoast Section Meet of Champions, which is one step away from state.
Escobar is currently trying to raise more funds for new warm-up gear that will be water-proof. The new workout gear will let the team practice during colder and wetter conditions, he said.
People interested in donating for the warm-ups can call Escobar weekdays at his office from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 464-0750. He can also be reached at home at 465-6945.