The Humboldt-Del Norte League track and field championships took center stage this past weekend, with the two defending team champions both reclaiming their titles in emphatic fashion.
And that gives both teams — the McKinleyvikle boys and Fortuna girls — a big presence in this week’s Humboldt Sports team and athletes of the week honors.
Fortuna seniors Katie Hurst and Camrin Dolcini were each instrumental in their team’s success, earning them Athlete of the Week honors, while McKinleyville won the boys team competition, capping a memorable day for Mack High sports and earning them inclusion as part of our team of the week.
McKinleyville also secured an historic double of Big 5 titles, with both the baseball and softball teams winning the conference championship on the final day of the regular season.
The Eureka boys fell short in their bid for a track and field team championship, but the Loggers did have some memorable individual performances, none more so that senior Conor Barres, who won both the 100 meters and 200 meters.
And that earns him one of our athlete of the week honors.
ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
Katie Hurst and Camrin Dolcini
Fortuna Track and Field, Seniors
The dynamic Fortuna duo have been dominating local track and field for four years, and continued to do this past weekend with four wins each in four events at the H-DNL championships.
Hurst, as expected, took first place in the high jump, the triple jump and the long jump, while Dolcini was first home in both hurdle events as well as the pole vault.
The two then combined with teammates Kalia Yang and Samantha Bennett to win the 4×100 relay and lead the Huskies to a second straight team title.
Hurst and Dolcini accounted for roughly half of their team’s 158 points total, a remarkable contribution for two athletes who will be sorely missed by the program.
For more on the duo’s big day, see Panthers, Huskies leave competition in the dust …
Eureka Track and Field, Senior
Barres is now officially the fastest high school athlete in the H-DNL, sweeping both the 100 meters and 200 meters at Saturday’s H-DNL championships and posting a PR in both.
The Eureka senior is also a standout soccer player, who will play in college in the fall at Pacific University in Oregon, and is enjoying an outstanding spring on the track, where he has the fastest league times this season in both the 100m and 200m.
For more on Barres big weekend, see see Panthers, Huskies leave competition in the dust …
TEAM OF THE WEEK
McKinleyville High School
McKinleyville High School secured an historic hat trick of league championships in one afternoon.
The Panthers claimed Big 5 titles in both baseball and softball, as well as taking first in the boys competition at the H-DNL track and field championships.
And they’re not done yet.
The baseball and softball teams will go into this week’s league tournament as favorites, while each is also ranked in the top two in their respective brackets in the NCS and expected to make a push for a section championship.
The track and field athletes will continue their big spring at the NCS Redwood Empire meet this week.