The Del Norte track and field team continues its postseason in Santa Rosa on Saturday at the North Coast Section Redwood Empire Meet. The Warriors will have a total of 15 athletes competing in 25 events where the top seven finishers will qualify to move on to Berkeley for the NCS Meet of Champions.
Each of Del Norte’s remaining 10 boys and five girls have gotten used to finishing among the leaders at league meets this season, but the competition will be much better at the Redwood Empire Meet.
“It is going to be good to see them against high level competition,” said Del norte head coach Jason Zeigler. “I want to see Vova (Shermann) go against some of the faster kids. He has been out in front in the 200 in all of the league meets, so I want to see him track someone. I don’t think Vova knows how fast he is. Nobody in the league has been able to push Luke King in the shot put. The only people who push Ethan (Price) and Aaron (Young) in the triple jump is each other, and it’s the same with Bryce (Howard) and Aaron in the pole vault.”
Price, Young and Katherine Martinez will all be especially busy on Saturday after qualifying to compete in the maximum of four events. Price will compete in the high jump, triple jump, long jump and discus. Young will run the 110 hurdles and the 300 hurdles to go along with the triple jump and the pole vault. Martinez qualified in the pole vault, 100 hurdles, 300 hurdles, and long jump.
Shermann will also be competing in three events after qualifying in the 200, 400 and the 4x100 meter relay.
Senior Carolyn Cochran has competed in both the discus and the shot put in the past, but she said she is excited to focus on one event this year after qualifying in only the discus.
“I didn’t quite make the shot put cutoff, but I’m pretty happy about just going in the discus,” Cochran said. “I wasn’t really a big fan of shot put. I’m just going to focus on the discus and try to get better at what I love.”
Fellow thrower King will be throwing the shot put in Santa Rosa. King said he is excited about competing at the Redwood Empire meet after adding nearly four feet to his PR at the meet last year.
“Last year I threw really well down there. I busted out a 39 (foot throw), and I was throwing mid 30s all year,” King said. “So I’m hoping that I can do that again and make it to Berkeley this year. There are a lot of good people there — that is all you see is really good people. It is super fun to be there because it is nice and warm and you are with a lot of friends. It’s a lot more fun than the other meets.”
Bryce Howard will be competing along with Young in the pole vault. Both athletes have cleared a personal best 12-foot-6 so far this year. Howard said Del Norte pole vaulting coach Dave Bokor told them a jump of 12-6 to 13 feet would likely give them a good chance of finishing in the top seven and qualifying to move on.
“Throughout this week I’m going to start pole vaulting at 13 feet and 13-6, so that I can hopefully make it to Berkeley,” Howard said. “Aaron is probably hoping for the same.”
Field events are scheduled to get underway in Santa Rosa at 9 a.m., with running events set to start at 10 a.m.
The Castle Rock track and field team will also be in action on Saturday with two freshman set to compete in a combined three events at the NCS Class A Meet at Montgomery High School. Julia Runnion will be running the 100 meter hurdles while Victoria Monticello will run the 400 and throw the discus. Field events wills start at 10 a.m. in Montgomery with running events starting at 11 a.m. The top three finishers at the Class A meet qualify to advance to the NCS Meet of Champions.
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