The Del Norte High School cross country team has had success in its first two meets of the season.
The Warriors opened the year with their one home meet, at the Del Norte Golf Course.
“I was proud of how the kids competed with such little amount of actual practice time,” coach Scott Lindsay said. “A few of the kids had been running in preparation for the season and it showed.”
Arcata, Fortuna and Eureka joined Del Norte in the meet, with a total of 76 runners from the schools across all the races.
“The meet went very well overall,” Lindsay said. “New protocols were set because of COVID-19, and we were able to keep the meet safe and competitive.”
The varsity runners competed on a 5,000-meter course (3.1 miles) and the junior varsity runners competed at 2.3 miles.
Aaron Martinez led Del Norte, finishing eighth in the varsity race in 18 minutes and 44 seconds. Kaleo Abasolo was 18th, Bobby Aflague 24th and Kyland MInyard 25th.
Freshman Bronson Early won the JV race, with Blake Larson sixth and Nathan DeNicholas ninth.
Emily Ralph finished 14th in the girls JV race.
Arcata won the varsity girls team race with 23 points and Eureka had 35. Fortuna edged Eureka 28-30 for the boys varsity title.
“We really appreciate the owners of Del Norte Golf Course for allowing us to have a race on their property,” Lindsay said. “They were great hosts.”
The team’s second meet was at Arcata.
Martinez led the varsity boys, placing 12th in 20:52. Aflague was 22nd (22:14), Abasolo 24th (22:19) and Minyard 26th (23:05).
Early won the junior varsity race in 21:04. Noah Burg was eighth (28:51).
“(Bronson) is running very strong and will test the waters of varsity running next week,” Lindsay said, noting that “Aaron Martinez held his spot as our No. 1 runner and is progressing nicely.”
Del Norte’s only girl, was injured and not able to compete.
The team had its third of four meets Wednesday at Fortuna (results were not available by press time).
The final meet is Saturday, March 6, in Eureka.