The annual Brookings-Harbor Rotary track and field meet on Saturday was a little bit smaller than usual, with just four teams in attendance. As Del Norte has done for most of the season, the boys and girls track and field teams both left the meet with first place finishes.
"The unfortunate thing is it was small," Del Norte head coach Samuel Escobar said. "In the past they have had 11 teams but this year, for a number of reasons, there were just four teams."
The boys scored 156 points to easily outpace Brookings-Harbor, which scored 118, for first place. The girls scored 154 team points, besting Arcata by 49. The girls finished first in eight of the 17 events and the boys took first in five events.
"We did have some people get first place, more girls than boys, but I think the one good thing that came out of this meet is that kids are recognizing more the importance of coming in second or third or four or fifth," Escobar said.
Although both the boys and girls finished first as a team, Escobar was hoping for better performances from most of his athletes in their individual events.
"We didn't have that many (personal records)," Escobar said. "Normally when we go to weekend tournaments, we will have half the team PR in something."
Escobar guessed that the poor weather on Saturday morning, coupled with a much smaller meet than
expected could have contributed to slower-than ideal times. Still, seven girls and 12 boys were able to post their best mark of the year.
Junior thrower Grace Bruschi set a PR in the discuss on Saturday with a throw of 103'3". That puts her nearly 10 feet ahead of teammate Kira Standring for the best throw in the Humboldt-Del Norte League this year and she currently sits at 14th overall in the North Coast Section. Bruschi has done it all while spending the majority of her practice time after school with the softball team, where she is the starting thirdbasemen.
"For the limited number of times that she has practiced, the fact that she has softball and school to worry about and on top of that she is doing junior miss, to come out and lead our league in discuss is pretty incredible," Escobar said.
Standring, who placed second overall to Bruschi in both the shot put and the discuss, threw a PR of 27'10" in the shot put.
Rachel Rowe turned in a pair of PRs, winning the 200 meter dash in 28.59 seconds and taking second in the 400 with a time of 1:05.36. Ashley Fattig also ran her best 400 with a time of 1:09.96.
In the hurdles, Maddie Critz ran her fastest 100 time of 17.48 to take first place. Sandra de Leon Mendoza set a PR with her 300 time of 54.78, which earned her second place.
Shauna Naffah also set her highest mark with a jump of 14'00.75 to take second in the long jump.
On the boys side, David Sathe, who has battled injury troubles early this season, ran his best 200 race with a time of 24.99.
In the 400 meter dash, the Warriors had three kids post their best time. Cameron Cain ran a 54.57, Garrett Galea ran a 56.65 and Omar Leel ran a 56.80.
Escobar was particularly excited about the team improvement in the 400.
"Not only are they good individual times, but when you put them together as a team, they can become more competitive," Escobar said.
Jesus Lara (4:21.33) and Glenn Duncan (5:01.81) both ran their fastest-ever 1500 meter run. In the shot put, Colton Davis (36'04") and Anthony Jackson (35'3.5") threw further than ever, as did Zachary Taylor (110'08") and Derek Knowlton (95') did the same in the shot put. In the pole vault, Jonathon Martinez and Brandon Weiser took first and second place with PRs of 10'06" and 10'00" respectively.
The Warriors will be back in action on Saturday when they travel to Central Valley High School for the John Frank Invitational.
"They are really excited about the meet this weekend," Escobar said. "There will be elite competition, two different divisions with fresh-soph and varsity and there should be great weather."
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