Warriors finish 2nd in girls' team race; boys take 3rd
Del Norte High sophomore Chad Bell entered the Humboldt-Del Norte League Championship track and field meet, held Saturday at Fortuna High School, as the reigning league long jump champion.
He left with White Stars to his name, helping the Del Norte boys to third place as a team (77 points). Fortuna won the boys' team title with 141 points, followed by McKinleyville High's 100 points.
Bell was one of three athletes to earn three individual White Stars Saturday, along with Fortuna's Colton Ross (boys' 110-meter hurdles, boys' 300-meter hurdles, boys' pole vault) and Arcata High's Lauren McCoy (girls' 400 meters, girls' 300-meter hurdles, girls' long jump).
Bell retained his long jump title with a leap of 19 feet, 11.5 inches. He and Warriors senior Dalton Alexandre combined on a 1-3 finish in the triple jump; Bell won with a mark of 40-8; Alexandre's mark was 39-8.75.
Bell's best result of the day came in the high jump, where he cleared 6-3 - a personal best by three inches - to win the event.
"What amazes us is he's quick, he's strong, he's graceful," Warriors head coach Samuel Escobar said. "It's art."
The Del Norte girls found themselves out near the front in several events, ultimately compiling four second-place finishes and six third-place finishes.
The Warriors scored 89 points as the team runner-up to league champion Arcata High (162 points). Eureka High came in third place (82 points), with McKinleyville in fourth (75).
Del Norte senior Katelynn Rowe was a part of all four runner-up finishes. She took second place in the 400 (1 minute, 0.60 seconds) and the 300 hurdles (47.95) to Arcata's McCoy.
Rowe, Maddie Critz, Kayla Costello and Rachel Rowe combined on a second-place performance in the 4x100-meter relay (51.10). Rachel Rowe, Costello, Kaitlyn Clemann and Katelynn Rowe then teamed up in the 4x400 relay, clocking in at 4:21.61, second to Arcata (4:13.57).
"Our girls have the capability of catching up to the front leader (in those four events)," Escobar said. "We liked the effort. They're all still trying to win."
It just wasn't enough on the day, particularly against a strong Arcata girls team.
Costello added a pair of third-place finishes in the 100 hurdles (16.67) and the 300 hurdles (48.30) to Del Norte's point haul. Rachel Rowe finished third in her lone individual event, the 200 (27.83).
Warriors junior Guadalupe Gonzalez captured third place in the 800 (2:28.85), and freshman Joely Tynes finished third in the triple jump (32-7.5). Kira Standring's discus throw of 91 feet, 3 inches cemented third place for the Del Norte junior.
In addition to her relay performances, Critz added a trio of fourth-place finishes to the Warriors' point tally, in the 100 (13.26), the 200 (27.83) and the 100 hurdles (17.29). Clemann's 4-foot, 10-inch high jump clearance was good for fourth place.
For the Del Norte boys, Alexandre took third place in the 110 hurdles (16.47) and the 300 hurdles (44.69). Bell placed third in the 100 (11.65), and Adan Rodriguez finished third in the pole vault (10-6).
Junior David Sathe clocked 2:11.82 in the boys' 800, good for fourth place. Freshman Jesus Lara continued his strong track season with a fourth-place finish in the 1,600 (4:46.94).
"That was awesome," Escobar said of Lara's performance.
The Del Norte 4x100 relay team of Anthony Jackson, Cameron Cain, Jordan Carpenter and Sathe finished fourth in 47.12. Sathe, Cain, Ryan Waite and Victor De Los Santos took fourth place in the 4x400 relay (3:50.61).
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