The Del Norte High girls track and field team finished second and the boys team finished third out of 10 teams at the Brookings-Harbor Rotary Invitational on Saturday in Brookings. The Warriors scored 158 points, second to Arcata High's 180, in the girls' team race. The Del Norte boys tallied 95 points, behind McKinleyville High's 182 and meet host Brookings-Harbor High's 107.
"Performance-wise, we still continue to be impressed with how kids are performing," Del Norte High head coach Samuel Escobar said. "The boys, out of all the kids that competed, probably a quarter of them had season (personal records). Of the girls, probably over 90 percent of them had season PRs at that meet. They're progressing a lot better."
Two Warriors won individual titles at the Invitational. Senior Katelynn Rowe won the girls' 400 meters in a season-best 1 minute, 0.72 seconds. Freshman Joely Tynes won the girls' triple jump competition with a mark of 30 feet, 9 inches.
Rowe, Tynes, Rachel Rowe and Maddie Critz ran the girls' 4x100-meter relay, finishing second in 52.75. Katelynn Rowe added a second-place performance in the 300 hurdles (48.75).
Rachel Rowe, a freshman and the younger sister of Katelynn, was the 100-meter dash runner-up (13.58 seconds) and took third place in the 200 (28.67). The Rowe sisters, Tynes and freshman Shauna Naffah joined forces for the 4x400-meter relay, where they finished second (4:25.44).
Junior Kira Standring uncorked a 93-foot, 11-inch discus throw at the Invitational, second-best in the competition and a personal best. Standring added a fourth-place finish in the shot put (26-0).
Junior Kaitlyn Clemann was the 100 hurdles runner-up (18.10), and sophomores Whitney Reitz and Kellcy Hale-Kocinski tied for second in the pole vault, clearing 5-6.
Junior Guadalupe Gonzalez ran the 800 in 2:35.14, good for third place. Critz, a freshman, finished third in the 100 (13.78), fourth in the 100 hurdles (18.76) and fourth in the 300 hurdles (54.13). Freshman Karlie Scott took fourth place in the 3,000 (11:47.90).
Chad Bell recorded the boys' two best finishes on the day, taking second in the long jump (17-8.5). The sophomore also notched third-place finishes in the high jump (5-6) and 100 (11.98).
Sophomore Blaine Sutton put the shot 33 feet, 1.5 inches for third place in the meet, and senior Victor Martinez took third in the pole vault (10-6). Martinez and Jonathon Martinez tied for fourth overall in the 100 hurdles, clocking 19.57 seconds.
Freshman Victor De Los Santos captured fourth place in the 300 hurdles (47.97). Junior David Sathe set a personal best of 2:14.13 in the 800 (fourth place); senior Shawn DeArman took fourth in the high jump (5-6, with more misses than Bell), and senior Adan Rodriguez took fourth in the pole vault (10-0).
HDN League meet Wednesday
The Warriors' track and field team will compete within familiar confines this week, as the second Humboldt-Del Norte League track meet of the season will be held at Del Norte High School on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. All 10 league schools and Brookings-Harbor High will be in attendance.
The varsity girls' team race figures to come down to Arcata and Del Norte. The Tigers have greater numbers in more events, but the Warriors have improved quickly in the season's first month.
"We have an uphill battle but we're going to see if we can try to cut it a little closer," Escobar said.
Del Norte does not figure to contend for the boys' varsity team title, as the Warriors have few upperclassmen on their roster. The meet will feature a division for the freshman and sophomore boys, as the first HDN League meet of the season (at Fortuna High on March 27) did.
"We have a group of young kids, the freshman/sophomore boys who have the potential to develop into a good team," Escobar said.
The allure of winning a team title in a home meet is strong, but consistency and improved performances across the board are more desirable to the Warriors' coaches at this point in the season.
"We're trying to find the right combination of events where we're going to getthe most out of them in terms of a team score," Escobar said.
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