The Del Norte track and field team was back in action on Saturday for its second meet of the season — the Panther Relays — in McKinleyville. The Warriors boys ended up taking second place overall with a team score of 82.5, while the Del Norte girls came in third as a team with 62 points. The McKinleyville boys and Fortuna girls took first place overall in the team standings.
“We had good performances by a lot of kids,” said Del Norte head coach Jason Zeigler. “You won’t see it on the stat sheets because of different situations, but they performed well. Both the boys and girls look alright. I think we will compete with everybody, but it is going to be a good league this year too.”
Like the Humboldt Relays earlier this month, the Panther Relays featured a little bit different style meet than the Warriors will compete in throughout most of the season, with every event taking on more of a team aspect and no individual competitions.
In addition to seven different relay races, the Panther Relays also held field events in which each school’s top two finishers were added together for the team score.
The Warriors ended up with a first place finish for the boys, and two more for the girls.
Ethan Price and Collin Mattz teamed up to take first place for the boys in high jump. Price cleared 5-foot-6 for the top jump of the day, while Mattz finished tied for second individually with a jump of 5-foot-4. Together, their mark of 10-foot-10 came in first by six inches total over Fortuna.
The Warriors girls ended up in first place in the long jump, where Kaleya Sanchez turned in the longest jump of the day with a mark of 14-08.25. Teammate Katherine Martinez ended up in fifth place overall with a jump of 13-08.75 to push the Warriors over the top in the event.
The Del Norte girls also took first place in the discus. Although Fortuna’s Kate Carrol took first place overall with a throw of 98-07, the Warriors overtook the Huskies as a team with second, third and fourth place finishes from Taylor Byrnes, Shekai Reyes and Caroline Hamm, respectively. Byrnes’ and Reyes’ throw of 97-06 and 92-07 combined to beat Fortuna’s combined score by over 5 feet.
In all, Zeigler said, the Panther Relays were another good opportunity to get the Warriors’ inexperienced athletes used to a high school track meet.
“We have a lot of athletes that had never been to a meet before,” he said. “We are just trying to get the young kids used to checking into and out of events and getting them used to the function of a meet.”
The first Humboldt-Del Norte League meet of the season has been postponed due to poor weather in the forecast on Wednesday. The meet in McKinleyville has been moved to April 4. That will make Del Norte’s only home meet of the season, scheduled for March 28, the first league meet of the year. That meet is set to begin with field events at 3 p.m.
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