After a total of 15 teams competed in the first of three middle school track and field meets of the season scheduled at Del Norte High School last week, Wednesday’s meet was a more intimate affair. Only the four local track and field teams took part in what turned out to be a wet meet in Crescent City.
Athletes from Smith River, Redwood, Crescent Elk and Uncharted Shores Academy all competed on Wednesday, but the team scores largely came down to Smith River and Redwood.
The Wildcats took first place as a team in the eighth grade boys competition with 87 points, and won the girls 6th-7th grade meet with a team score of 107.5. Meanwhile Redwood’s eighth grade girls scored 64 team points to narrowly edge out Crescent Elk for first place by a single point. The Raiders also posted the top 6th-7th grade boys score with 113 team points.
Smith River’s eighth grade boys were led by Wesley Rodriguez and Braydon Beshirs each took first place in all of their events on Wednesday. Rodriguez finished in first place in the 400, the 800 while Beshirs won the eighth grade 200 meter hurdles and the 1,500 meter run. The Wildcat duo also teammed up with Yahir Alanis and Westyn Fitchto win the 4x100. Beshirs, Rodriguez , Fitch and Morgan Koenig-Dent ran the 4x400 for Smith River.
The Redwood eighth grade girls were led by Gianna Taylor who took first place comfortably in both the 100 and the 200 meter dashes while setting a new personal record of 15-02 on her way to a first place finish in the long jump. Taylor also teammed up with Kaitlyn Machado, Ava Burg and Jaylee Ritter to win the girls 4x100 meter relay.
Machado also had a big day for the Redwood eighth grade girls, taking first place in both the dicus and shot put. Burg also grabbed a first place finish in the high jump for the Raiders.
The Crescent Elk eighth grade girls almost managed to edge out Redwood for the team title, but fell just one point short. Savannah Williams proved to be the top girls hurdler on Wednesday with first place finishes in both the 100 hurdles and the 200 hurdles.
Charley Ramirez picked up a win for the Cougars in the 400 meter run, while Izabele Schrader took first place in the eighth grade 1,500. The Crescent Elk eighth grade girls also had a handful of second place finishes throughout the meet that helped the Cougars accumulate team points.
The Smith River 6th-7th grade girls dominated the field events on their way to a first place team finish. Valeria Ledezma-Olmedo won the shot put with a personal record throw of 28-01, Zoe Minyard won the discus with a PR of 58-00, and Kailee Stanley won the high jump with a PR of 4-04. Those three Wildcats were also productive on the track as they combined to finish second in all five individual races at the meet.
Ledezma-Olmedo and Minyard also teammed up with Emily Allen and McKinzie Kertula to win both the 4x100 and 4x400 meter relays.
The Redwood 6th-7th grade boys were lead to a team win by another strong performance from Noah Burg who lowered his 7th grade Del Norte County record in the 100 meter hurdles for the third meet in a row, setting the new record at 16.41. He also ran a new PR of 29.76 to win the 200 meter hurdles and won the 100 meter dash with a PR of 12.91.
The Redwood 6th-7th boys winnings included Bronson Early in the discus and Ben Borges in the high jump.
Other impressive performances on Wednesday included Redwood sixth grader Katie Smith who won the 100, 200 and long jump. Redwood seventh grader Ariana Stansbury also won the 1,500 meter run and the 800. Stansbury also ran the 400 (3rdw place) and the 100 (8th) for a grueling day with four events nearly back-to-back-to-back-to-back.
The Raiders also did well in the 6th-7th girls hurdles as Jaylee Ritter took first place in the 100 meter hurdles while Elizabeth Marks won the 200 hurdles.
Bryson Price also had a big day for the Redwood eight grade boys. Price won the 100, 200, shot put and discus and ended up in second place in the long jump. Price was beaten in the long jump by teammate Aldaron McCovey who had finished second to Price in both the 100 and 200.
Dylan Rodriguez picked up a pair of first place finishes for the Smith River 6th-7th grade boys, winning the 400 and the 800 while Mario Ledezma-Olmedo took first place in the 1,500 for the Wildcats. Wyatt Finicum won the 6th-7th shot put.
Crescent Elk also finished the day with a handful of first place finishes. Savannah Williams lead the Cougar girls with wins in both the 100 hurdles and the 200 hurdles. Charley Ramirez won the eighth grade 400 and Izabele Schrader won the 1,500 for Crescent Elk. Meanwhile Trevor Harwood won the eighth grade boys 100 hurdles while Gabe Howard took first in the pole vault.
Crescent Elk’s Aidan Mintonye took first place in the 6th-7th boys 200 meter dash and Evand Ratnour won the long jump. The Cougars also won the JV 4x100 relay with Caden Harrison, Noah Hartman, Michael Leveque and Joaquin Fabricus combining for the win.
Brianna Schumack turned in the highest finish for Uncharted Shores Academy as the sixth grader took first in the 400 meter run.
All four local teams will be back at the high school on Wednesday for the Del Norte County Finals, which will be the season finale. Field events are scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m. with running events following at 4 p.m.
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