The Del Norte track and field team spent the final weekend of spring break competing at the “The Pre” Rotary Invitational in Coos Bay on Saturday. Team scores were not kept at the meet.
The Warriors were still shorthanded, with many runners and throwers missing due to various spring break plans, but Del Norte still sent 28 athletes.
The Warriors only had one first-place finisher and just a handful were able to grab medals at the 26-team meet.
“The kids did what we expected them to and they ended up where we expected them to be,” said Del Norte head coach Samuel Escobar. “There wasn’t a lot of kids in the top tier because it was a tough meet, and we were limited in the number of kids that we had.”
Senior Kaitlyn Clemann captured the teams’ only first-place finish of the day. Clemann won the high jump by clearing 4-foot-10 to tie her personal record.
Clemann, who is hoping to play volleyball in college next year, also ran the 100 meter hurdles and was part of the fastest 4x400 meter relay of the year for the Warriors in Coos Bay.
“She is a volleyball kid, and she is coming out mainly just to stay in shape,” Escobar said. “She doesn’t ever refuse to do anything though. She just goes out there with a nice smile, long legs and kicks butt.”
Sophomore Victor De los Santos had a strong performance in the 300 meter hurdles. He took fifth place overall, but he dropped his personal record by almost a second, from 43.62 to 42.78.
“He had a good race,” Escobar said. “He had a couple miscues on a couple hurdles, but other than that it was great.”
Sophomore Shauna Naffah had another good day in the long jump. Her best jump of 15-feet-3 was a personal record, the best jump of the day by the Warriors and just two inches short of Del Norte top long jumper Kayla Costello’s personal record. She took fifth place overall.
“She is the nicest kid on the team,” Escobar said. “To see her come back with a large smile after breaking 15 feet was pretty cool.”
Escobar was also pleased by the performance of both the boys and girls 4x400 meter relay.
Omar Leal, Cameron Cain, Brandon Weiser and Ryan Waite helped Del Norte shave over 4.5 seconds off its pervious fastest 4x400 this season with a time of 3:46.69. They finished fifth overall.
The girls relay of Jordan Babich, Clemann, Maddison Smedley and Naffah also shaved more than a second off of the Warrior girls best 4x400 with a time of 4:36.84 and a sixth place finish.
“They both ended up coming in first in their heats,” Escobar said. “They were pleased with their performances and they had good splits.”
Del Norte has one week off before returning to competition on Saturday at the Sterling/Lithia Invitational in Klamath Falls.