By Bill Choy

Triplicate Sports Editor

The Del Norte High Track andamp; Field team looks to start the season on the right foot at a meet at De La Salle High in the Bay Area on Saturday.

Only eight members of the team are going to the event, with pre-qualification required just to take part.

To qualify for the event, each participant had to meet certain requirements, depending on the event last season.

Head coach Scott Lindsay said the meet is a great way to see elite competition from the area and the North Coast Section an prepare members of his squad for the upcoming year.

andquot;We get to see where we're at by facing top competition,andquot; he said.

Warriors heading to the event for the girls are all seniors. They are Kelsey Hintz, Rachel Cink and Rebecca Cink, Baille McCulloch and Jessica Slayton.

For the boys it will be senior Michael Worch and juniors Joseph Alexandre and Taylor Duncan.

Last year, Hintz made it all the way to state and finished in second in the pole vault. She recently signed a letter of intent to join the track and field team at San Diego State University.

Last season nine team member won league White Stars, with six team members including Hintz, making it to the NCS Meet of Champions.

Duncan qualified in the pole vault, while McCulloch made it in the 200-meter dash. The girls 4x100 relay team also made it to the NCS meet. Team members were Hintz, McCulloch, Rachel Cink and Jessica Slayton. Rachel Cink also qualified for the NCS in the shot put and 300-meter hurdles.

Slayton earned fourth in the high jump. Rebecca Cink made it in the discus.

So far, the team has about 60 members. Lindsay said he and his coaching staff are hard at work getting the newcomers acclimated. This year, there are about six coaches, compared to three to last year. Lindsay said this extra help has been a great resource this year.

There will be a bit of a wait before the rest of the team can take to the field. The next event will not be until April 2, when the Warriors host a league track meet.

andquot;It does make it tougher because the kids can't compete until next month,andquot; Lindsay said.

But, he added, it's nice that the first meet for the majority of participants will be a home, which will be an easier adjustment, especially for the newcomers to the team.