The Del Norte track and field team was back in action on Wednesday, competing in McKinleyville at the second Humboldt-Del Norte League meet of the season. The Warrior girls were the only team in contention with Arcata in the girls team standings.
Although the Tigers ended up taking first place by 11.5 points, Del Norte finished comfortably in second place with 157 points.
Meanwhile, the Del Norte boys came in third overall with 125.5 team points. The Warriors boys finished 8.5 points behind McKinleyville and 17 points behind Eureka.
“I thought we did really well but I’m still trying to figure everything out,” said Del Norte first-year head coach Jeff Cook. “A lot of the same people did really well — Luke (King) with the shot put and Ethan (Price) on the high jump. I’m starting to notice that the kids that are standing out the most are the ones who are putting in the extra work. You can really tell by the results. We had a few scratches due to injuries and sickness, but that seems to happen every time. I think this was the fewest scratches that we have had so far.”
The Del Norte girls ended up in first place in five of the events in McKinleyville.
Senior Katherine Martinez led the way with a first place finish in the pole vault with a jump of 10-06, and a time of 50.66 seconds in the 300 meter hurdles to take first place.
Sophomore Sierra Moayedi also did well in the hurdles, winning the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 18.22, and taking third in the 300 meter hurdles in 56.65.
Claire Taylor took first place in the long jump for Del Norte with a new personal best jump of 15-04.
Caroline Hamm finished with her best throw of the season in discus, winning the event with a mark of 107-08.
Although Tianna Thompson wasn’t able to take first place on Wednesday, the freshman sprinter still turned in some pretty good times while competing at less than 100 percent.
“Her shins have been hurting her right now, and that showed a little.,” Cook said. “But she toughed it out and went through all of her events.”
Thompson ended up in second place in the 100 meters, finishing 0.28 seconds behind Eureka junior Tiana Rodgers. Thompson also finished second in the 200 meter dash, where he time of 27.84 was just 0.12 behind Rodgers.
Thompson ran her best 400 meter run of the season in a time of 1:05.54 for third place, and also teamed up with Taylor, Martinez, and Alyssa McCovey for second place in the 4x100 meter relay.
The Del Norte boys were led by Ethan Price, who managed to take first place in both the high jump and the triple jump. Price cleared 5-08 in the high jump, and traveled a season best 38-07 to win the triple jump.
Bryce Howard took first place by a comfortable margin in the pole vault — clearing 11-06.
Luke King also came in first place in the shot put with a throw of 41-06.
The Warriors didn’t have any first-place finishes on the track in McKinleyville, but Howard, Vova Sherman, Sam Cowan, and Emmanuel Nunez teamed up for a second place finish in the 4x100 meter relay. Cowan and Sherman finished third and fourth in the 100 meter dash respectively. Sherman then took third place in the 200 meter dash while Cowan came in fifth. Nunez finished in third place in the 400 meter run for the Warriors.
Del Norte is scheduled to be back in action today with the team’s first invitational meet of the season. The Warriors are scheduled to run in the Brookings-Harbor Rotary Invitational at Brookings High School with field events starting at 10 a.m., and running events beginning at 11:30 a.m.
Cook said the Warriors have about 30 athletes between boys and girls who qualified to compete in today’s invitational.
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