A pair of young stars showed us the future of local track and field is in good hands over the weekend, with some dynamic performances at the North Coast Section Redwood Empire meet.
And that gets them the nod for this week’s Humboldt Sports Athletes of the Week honors.
Eureka sophomore Nathaniel Spears has been one of the top hurdlers locally all spring and took his performance to a whole new level with a first-place finish in the 110m event at the NCS meet.
Likewise, Fortuna freshman Kallia Yang is enjoying a stellar debut season in high school track as one of the top sprinters in the H-DNL, placing second in the 100 meters at NCS and fifth in the 200m.
Yang also helped the Huskies to a third-place finish in the 4×100 relay and second overall in the team competition.
Which in turn earns the Fortuna girls track team our co-Team of the Week honors, along with Eureka baseball, which had to dig deep to pull out a fourth straight Charles Lakin H-DNL Tournament championship at the Arcata Ball Park on Friday night.
ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
Eureka Track and Field, Sophomore
Spears smashed his own personal record with the best performance of his young life on Saturday, timing a 14.87 seconds in the 110m hurdles.
The Eureka sophomore now qualifies for this weekend’s prestigious Meet of Champions in Berkeley, with a spot in next week’s state championships up for grabs.
For more on Spears’ big weekend, see Fortuna girls lead H-DNL charge at NCS meet …
Fortuna Track and Field, Freshman
Yang has been sensational all season for the Huskies, leading the H-DNL in the 200 meters and finishing second at the NCS meet.
The Fortuna freshman qualified for this weekend’s Meet of Champions in three different events.
For more on Yang’s big weekend, see Fortuna girls lead H-DNL charge at NCS meet …
TEAMS OF THE WEEK
Fortuna Girls Track and Field
It was an historic weekend for the Fortuna girls, who were led by senior Katie Hurst and Camrin Dolcini, each of whom are closing out their high school careers in style.
The two seniors were instrumental in helping the Huskies to a second-place finish at the NCS meet, behind only runaway leaders Santa Rosa.
Hurst qualified for the prestigious Berkeley meet in four different events and Dolcini in three, including the 4×100 relay, which also features Yang and another freshman Samantha Bennett.
The big team finish comes just one week after the Huskies claimed a second straight H-DNL team championship.
For more on the Fortuna girls big weekend, see Fortuna girls lead H-DNL charge at NCS meet …
They may have been denied a third straight Big 5 title this spring, but the Loggers made sure there would be no Lakin tournament disappointment with a 6-4 nine-inning win over rivals McKinleyville in the championship game Friday night.
The Loggers have been impressing all spring, gradually building momentum and overcoming the off-field controversy of a coaching change late in the year, and will go into the playoffs with some momentum.
The Lakin tournament win was the program’s fourth straight.
For more on the Loggers’ big weekend, see Resilient Loggers win a fourth straight H-DNL tournament …