The regular season came to a close on Wednesday with the last Humboldt-Del Norte League meet in McKinleyville before the postseason kicks off at the end of April.
Once again the Del Norte boys team was in the thick of the hunt for first place but Eureka managed to win the boys competition with 132 team points. The Warriors came in second with 125, comfortably ahead of third-place Arcata with 79 team points.
“We have been consistently in second place and we took first place last time,” said Del Norte head coach Jeff Cook. “We had some injuries and a couple scratches, and to lose by seven that is when you really notice that the scratch here or there can really make a difference.”
The Del Norte girls team scored 107 team points but trailed Arcata (150 points) and Fortuna (139) in the team standings, finishing in third place.
“The girls have been coming in second consistently, but we were missing a couple due to injuries, and a couple were sick,” Cook said. “So that kept their scores down.”
Once again the Warrior boys squad was led by strong performances in the field events. Senior Ethan Price led the way for Del Norte with a first-place finish in the high jump, clearing 5-08 to edge out sophomore teammate Peyton Swan, who cleared 5-06, who came in second. Price went on to finish in second place in both the long jump (18-08) and the triple jump (39-05.5).
Bryce Howard finished in first place in the pole vault, clearing 11 feet. Luke King led three Del Norte throwers in the top five of the shot put, winning the event with a throw of 47-05.
In the discus, Scott Peters edged out King by one inch with a throw of 115-01 as the Warrior juniors took second and third place respectively in the discus. Both throws were personal records in the discus for Peters and King. Timothy Thompson finished in fourth place in the discus with a throw of 113-08. Price also picked up some team points with a seventh place finish in the discus.
On the track, the Warrior boys weren’t able to take first place in any of the events but Del Norte had several strong performances. Vova Sherman took second place in the 200-meter dash, while also taking fourth place in the 100-meter dash, just behind Sam Cowan who finished in third place in 11.9 seconds.
Sherman also had a good showing in the hurdles. Sherman took third place in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 46.56 seconds.
“It was his first time doing hurdles and he did pretty good,” Cook said. “(Assistant coach Samuel) Escobar is changing some things around. He is looking at other teams’ marks and seeing what we can do to get more team points. We are trying different athletes in different events. Yesterday some of the things that he did worked out pretty well.”
The Del Norte girls were also strong in the field events in McKinleyville.
Sophomore Emily Feeney overcame a sore shoulder to throw a personal record 28-10.5 in the shot put to take first place in the event. Fellow sophomore Tori Montecello also had a personal record with a throw of 27-09 to take third place. Freshman Caleh King came in sixth, just ahead of sophomore Caroline Hamm in seventh place.
Del Norte freshman Amy West has the top shot put throw in the Humboldt-Del Norte League this season, clearing 30 feet at the meet in Crescent City on April 10, but West broke her arm in practice last week and will miss the rest of the season.
The Warriors also did well in the discus where Hamm won with a throw of 97-05.5. Montecello came in fourth overall with 75-06.5.
In the triple jump, Del Norte had a couple girls near the top of the standings. Maykala Jackson won the event with a jump of 29-07.25. Claire Taylor came in third overall with a new personal record jump of 29-04.
“We have been pretty consistent in the triple jump with Maykala Jackson and Claire (Taylor),” Cook said.
Taylor also took third place in the long jump with a mark of 15-00.5.
Senior Katherine Martinez took first place in the pole vault with a jump of 10-06. Teresa Martinez took third place in the pole vault with 7-06 and cleared 4-02 in the high jump for fourth place. Jackson cleared 6-feet in the pole vault for fourth place.
In the running events the Del Norte girls were led by sophomore Sierra Moayedi, who won the 100-meter hurdles in a time of 18.29. Moayedi also ran a personal best 55.02 in the 300-meter hurdles for fifth place. Katherine Martinez took second in the 300 hurdles in 52.10 seconds.
Alyssa McCovey also competed well in McKinleyville, taking fifth place in the 100-meter dash (14.19 seconds) and fourth in the 200 (29.33.)
With the regular season at an end, Del Norte now has a little bit more than a week to get ready for the postseason, which will kick off with the Humboldt-Del Norte County Prelims in McKinleyville on April 30.
“We are just working on individual events and we are still tinkering, trying to find someone else to run hurdles or something possibly,” Cook said. “This week we are pretty much just looking to get better and heal up as much as possible. We just want to go into the postseason healthy. That is our goal. As a team right now we are pretty banged up. It’s not a great time to be injured with the postseason coming up, but it’s spring break so they have some time to rest up.