The 2018 track and field season officially came to a close for the Del Norte boys and girls teams on Saturday in San Ramon at the North Coast Section Meet of Champions. The Warriors wrapped up the season with junior Ethan Price and junior Katherine Martinez competing in the high jump and pole vault respectively.
Although neither Warrior was able to match their personal best marks in their event, both Price and Martinez enjoyed the experience.
“I did alright, was alright. I didn’t jump as well as I felt that I could,” said Price, who finished at 5-10 — two inches short of his PR. “The energy that everyone had was really cool. Everyone was cracking jokes, and that kind of made me feel more comfortable. I didn’t stress about it as much.”
Although the Meet of Champions is one of the most competitive meets in California, Martinez said she was struck by the more collaborative atmosphere at the big meet.
“Everyone is cheering for everyone else,” Martinez said. “All of the pole vaulters are like a family. You can talk to them and use their poles. It is kind of cool how everyone is there for each other at these bigger events.”
Martinez also ended up a little short of reaching her goal. She finished the day with a vault of 10-7 in the pole vault, to take 10th place at the Meet of Champions for the second year in a row.
Martinez said she wasn’t quite as familiar with her longest pole, measuring 13-6, and wasn’t quite able to get it down in time.
“I couldn’t run fast enough and plant big enough to actually go deep enough in the pit to vault over the bar,” Martinez said. “Then with the other poles I was running too hard or planting too big and it was bending too much.”
Though Martinez was hoping for a higher mark, she still has another year to refine her form.
“I definitely want to get on bigger poles and go for bigger heights,” she said. “I crushed my poles today, but for some reason I couldn’t get on on my longer one.”
Price, who is in his first year on the high school track team, said he will definitely be back for a second season next year. Price said he hopes to clear 6-6 in the high jump next season, while also going over 42 feet in the triple jump.
With a year under his belt, Price said he feels like those are his best events.
“I didn’t really have a lot of confidence in it in the beginning,” he said. “I didn’t know how it was going to go, or if I would like it. I like the energy of the competitions though.”
Senior Carolyn Cochran and sophomore Bryce Howard were also in Santa Rosa competing at the meet of champions. The girls discus and the boys pole vault held their competitions on Friday. For more on Cochran and Howard’s efforts see Saturday’s Triplicate.
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