Warrior track team ready for Redwood

By Michael Zogg / The Del Norte Triplicate / @DNTripSports

14 girls, 15 boys head to Redwood Empire Saturday

The Del Norte track and field program is taking a full load of athletes to Santa Rosa on Saturday for the North Coast Section Redwood Empire meet. The Warriors will have 14 girls and 15 boys competing in 53 events at the meet.

"That is a lot compared to previous years," said Del Norte head coach Samuel Escobar. "We are just getting bigger and bigger."

Del Norte could have had another runner this weekend but Jesus Lara, who qualified for the meet in the 800 meter run, had to withdraw due to a nagging knee injury.

The Redwood Empire meet pits the top athletes from Humboldt-Del Norte counties against those from the Marin-Sonoma-Mendocino league. The meet is a precursor to the North Coast Section Meet of Champions trials that will be held on Friday, May 30. The top seven finishers in the Redwood Empire will qualify for the meet at the University of California-Berkeley.

Moving on to the NCS Meet of Champions will be difficult, and Escobar thinks a handful of Del Norte qualifiers have a serious chance.

For the boys, Escobar believes that Chad Bell has a good opportunity to move on in the long jump, and based on performance could move on in the high jump and triple jump as well. He also expects Jackson Evans, who won the HDNpole vaulting title, to move on in the pole vault. Victor De los Santos also could have a chance of qualifying in the 110 and 300 meter hurdles, according to Escobar.

For the girls, Escobar believes that Kayla Costello is in a good position to move on in the 100 and 300 meter hurdles. Escobar also predicted that Kaitlyn Clemann in the high jump and the 4x100 meter relay team of Rachel Rowe, Maddie Critz, Maddison Smedley and Costello both have a chance to qualify for Berkeley.

The rest of the Warriors will just be focused on improving their best marks of the season in Santa Rosa.

"The other kids are there for a reward, to hopefully improve on time and maybe it will inspire them to come back," Escobar said. "We don't have big expectations on them, but hopefully they will be pleased with their results."

Redwood roster

Girls

andbull; 4X100 Relay:

Del Norte: Maddie Critz, Rachel Rowe, Maddison Smedley, Kayla Costello (added)

andbull; 100m Hurdles:

Kayla Costello

Maddie Critz

Kaitlyn Clemann

Emily Holt

Jordan Babich

andbull; 400 Meters:

Guadalupe Gonzalez

andbull; 100 Meters:

Rachel Rowe

Maddie Critz

andbull; 800 Meters:

Guadalupe Gonzalez

andbull; 300m Hurdles:

Kayla Costello

Kaitlyn Clemann

Sandra de Leon Mendoza

Emily Holt

andbull; 200 Meters:

Maddie Critz

Maddison Smedley

Rachel Rowe (Scratch)

andbull; 4x400 Relay:

Del Norte: Sandra de Leon Mendoza, Maddison Smedley, Katelyn Clemann, Guadalupe Gonzalez

andbull; Shot Put:

Grace Bruschi

Kira Standring

andbull; Discus:

Grace Bruschi

Kira Standring

Mandy Flagler

Raili Makela

andbull; High Jump:

Kaitlyn Clemann

Jordan Babich

andbull; Long Jump:

Kayla Costello (Scratch)

Shauna Naffah

Jordan Babich

andbull; Triple Jump:

Jordan Babich

Rachel Rowe

Raili Makela

andbull; Pole Vault:

Kayla Costello

Emily Holt (Scratch)

Maddison Smedley (Scratch)

Boys

andbull; 4X100 Relay:

Del Norte: Cameron Cain, Jackson Evans, David Sathe, Samuel Arragones

andbull; 1600 Meters:

Jesus Lara (Stratch)

andbull; 110m Hurdles:

Victor De los Santos

Ryan Waite

andbull; 400 Meters:

David Sathe

andbull; 100 Meters:

Samuel Aragones

andbull; 800 Meters:

Garrett Galea

andbull; 300m Hurdles:

Victor De los Santos

Ryan Waite

andbull; 200 Meters:

Cameron Cain

andbull; 4x400 Relay:

Del Norte: Cameron Cain, Jackson Evans, David Sathe, Samuel Arragones

andbull; Shot Put:

Saige Swan

Anthony Jackson

andbull; Discus:

Zachary Taylor

Colton Davis

Jacob LeBlanc (Via Chad Bell)

andbull; High Jump:

Chad Bell

David Sathe

Jackson Evans (scratch)

Brandon Weiser (scratch)

andbull; Long Jump:

Brandon Weiser

Chad Bell

Samuel Aragones

andbull; Triple Jump:

Chad Bell

Glenn Duncan

andbull; Pole Vault:

Jackson Evans

Brandon Weiser

Jonathon Martinez

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