Robert Husseman, The Triplicate

Boys take 7th in driving rain

Even in the driving rain of Wednesday's Humboldt-Del Norte league track meet in McKinleyville, the performances of Del Norte's Morgan Laney, Katelynn Rowe, Kayla Costello and Jennifer Goacher were bright spots for the Warriors.

Each of them finished in fourth place or better in two events - with Laney, a Sacramento State signee, winning the shot put - as the Del Norte girls took second in the meet's team standings. The Warriors scored 95 points to Arcata's 153; Fortuna (72), Eureka (46) and McKinleyville (46) rounded out the top five teams.

Chad Bell and Lakey Coney continued their strong seasons for the Del Norte boys, who finished seventh in the meet's team standings with 16 points. Fortuna (107.5 points), Arcata (98) and McKinleyville (88) comprised the top three placers in the boys' standings.

Laney, a California Interscholastic Federation state qualifier in the

shot put last season, won the event Wednesday with a throw of 34 feet, 1

inch. The senior also took second in the discus with a throw of 89

feet, 9 inches.

"It was a nice, consistent performance," Warriors coach Samuel

Escobar said of Laney's meet.

Brianna Wakefield also had a standout meet for Del Norte in the

throwing events, taking third in the shot put (27-4) and fifth in the

discus (79-8).

In the hurdles, Rowe and Costello finished 1-2 at 300 meters (50.15

seconds and 51.27 seconds, respectively). Rowe completed the 100-meter

hurdles in 17.91 seconds for third place in that event, with Costello

right behind in fourth place (18.08).

In the sprints, Goacher contributed a pair of runner-up finishes at

100 meters (13.19) and 200 meters (27.08). Escobar was complimentary of

Hannah Pickerall, who "did exceptionally well" in a third-place effort

at 100 meters (1:06.72).

Del Norte took second in the 1,600-meter relay (4:29.76) and a

disappointing third in the 400-meter relay (52.62). According to

Escobar, a botched handoff cost the Warriors valuable seconds.

"It was good to see the 4x100(-meter relay) team get humbled,"

Escobar said. "They're a team that hasn't lost all year. I'd rather see

them get beat now than get beat later."

For the boys, Bell took sixth place in the 200 (25.19) and fourth

place in the 400 (55.61) - "new events for him," according to Escobar.

Coney leaped 16 feet, 9 inches to finish second in the long jump, and

also took seventh place in the triple jump.

The high jump and pole vault events for both boys and girls were

canceled due to rain.

Del Norte continues its season today at the 12th annual Prefontaine

Rotary Invitational in Coos Bay beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Reach Robert Husseman at