300 athletes join the competition at Del Norte High
Inclement weather notwithstanding, the Humboldt-Del Norte League track meet hosted by Del Norte High School went off without a hitch Wednesday.
"We got extremely lucky," Warriors coach Samuel Escobar said. "It was windy initially, but it didn't deter the kids from doing extremely well."
The Warrior girls claimed runner-up honors as 10 teams - Del Norte's league opponents and Brookings-Harbor - and more than 300 athletes participated in the meet.
The Warrior girls combined for eight individual event wins and a
400-meter relay title (52.72 seconds). Jenny Goacher swept the 100
(13.30) and 200 (23.61) and ran legs of both relay races. Katelynn Rowe
(100 hurdles, 400 relay) and Kylee Bruder (high jump, pole vault) also
won multiple events for Del Norte.
Morgan Laney's throw of 34 feet, 10.75 inches held up for an
individual win in the shot put.
"It's a good core group of kids," Escobar said. "I'm not disappointed
(in the team results); the kids did extremely well."
Freshman Kayla Costello stood out with a pair of third-place finishes
in the 100-meter hurdles (18.34) and 300 hurdles (52.86), also running
legs of both relays.
"She's picking up the hurdles like it's nothing," Escobar said.
The Warrior boys team showed off its strengths in the field events,
with junior Adan Rodriguez winning the pole vault, clearing 11 feet
"For the first (league) meet of the year, he did extremely well,"
Senior Lakey Coney took third in the long jump (17-1) and triple jump
(36-4) and fourth in the high jump (5-4). Freshman Chad Bell, whom
Escobar considers the "overall best athlete" on the boys team, also
cleared 5-4 in the high jump but earned third place due to tie-breakers.
Bell also finished fourth in the 100 (12.13) and the triple jump
With Del Norte's third track meet of the season officially in the
books, Escobar has been pleased with his teams' progress to date.
"Whenever we do these early meets, we recognize it's not going to be
the most outstanding performance," Escobar said. "We try to stress
improving in every single meet we have. Jenny improved in times and beat
stiff competition. Katelynn improved in times. The (400 relay) improved
Escobar credited meet director Scott Lindsay and the event's
volunteers for a smooth operation under difficult conditions.
"Having over 300 athletes at a meet is huge," Escobar said. "The
weather held up, we got the meet started on time, and we finished at a
Del Norte competes next in the second HDN League track meet next
Wednesday at 4 p.m. in McKinleyville.