The emergence of Collin Stockwell as an elite Humboldt-Del Norte League cross country runner has given the Fortuna Huskies a boost in their bid for an elusive league championship this year.
Stockwell and teammate Agustin Garcinuno give the Huskies a dynamic one-two punch at the top of the league and were in top form once again on Tuesday in the regular season finale at Rohner Park in Fortuna.
The duo present a legitimate challenge for McKinleyville’s Adam Vera and West Wood, who have been every bit as impressive through the five league meets.
On Tuesday, Stockwell took first for the second straight week, finishing in 16 minutes, 48 seconds.
The Fortuna sophomore now has three firsts and a second in four league meets this year.
Vera placed second, five seconds back, the first time he has been beaten in three league meets.
Garcinuno was third (17:00), his fourth top-three finish in four H-DNL meets, while Wood crossed the line seven seconds back in fourth, his third top-four finish in three races.
Fortuna took the team win with 42 points, six better than McKinleyville, with Eureka in the mix as well with 56 points.
Miska Evans and Miles Johnson placed fifth and sixth, respectively, for Arcata, with Max Combs (McKinleyville), Bo Cox (Fortuna), Jaeden Thayer (Eureka) and Everardo Garcia (Eureka) rounding out the top 10.
Martel-Phillips wins again
In the girls race, Arcata’s Riley Martel-Phillips continued her season-long dominance with another strong performance.
The Tigers senior won for the fourth time in four races with a time of 19:52.
Teammates Claire Monge (20:41) and Vivian Gerstein (21:31) were next home, followed by Del Norte’s Julia De solini (21:46).
Fortuna’s Maggie Stacy was fifth in a time of 22:10, with Aleesa Lewis (Arcata), Camrin Dolcini (Fortuna), Kylee Swanson (Arcata), Hannah Kingstrom (Eureka) and Hope Kibby (McKinleyville) rounding out the top 10.
Arcata won the team event comfortably with 18 points, with Fortuna (54) and Eureka (61) in second and third.
Next up are the H-DNL Championships on Saturday Nov. 3 at the Arcata Marsh.