By Ray Hamill — A pair of local high school cross country runners capped memorable seasons on the North Coast over the weekend, and that earns them our athlete of the week honors.
Arcata freshman Ai-Lan McGoldrick has been nothing short of sensational in her first season competing in high school cross country, posting her seventh win in seven league races with a victory in the H-DNL championships on Saturday.
McGoldrick, who leads a stellar class of freshmen in the H-DNL, is a rare two-time Humboldt Sports Athlete of the Week, having also earned the honor earlier in the season.
McKinleyville junior West Wood, meanwhile, placed first in the boys race on Saturday, edging out a packed field of contenders in the event in what was as expected a competitive race.
Team of the week honors go to Del Norte youth football, which won two Six Rivers Youth Football Conference championships on Sunday, in both AAA and single-A.
ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
Arcata CC, Freshman
McGoldrick won her race by more than 45 seconds, her 10th win in 11 races this fall.
For good measure, the freshman standout’s time of 20:14.4 was a new personal best over 5K, breaking her own record by more than 13 seconds.
For more on her big achievement, see McGoldrick, Wood crowned H-DNL champions …
McKinleyville CC, Junior
Wood saved the best for last, breaking away from rivals Collin Stockwell of Fortuna and Ian Bennett of Eureka with a few hundred meters remaining in the race on his way to winning a league title.
Wood timed a season-best 16 minutes, 32 seconds in the 5K event at the Arcata Marsh, holding off second-placed Bennett by almost 14 seconds.
For more on Wood’s big weekend, see McGoldrick, Wood crowned H-DNL champions …
TEAM OF THE WEEK
Del Norte Youth Football
Del Norte edged out No. 1 seed Ferndale for the Six Rivers AAA championship on Sunday, winning 14-6 at the Redwood Bowl.
The win was the third straight in the playoffs for the No. 3 seeds, who closed out the campaign 8-2, and their second straight over a higher seed.
It’s been a fantastic season for Del Norte football, with the high school team winning the Big 4 and poised for a big playoff run, while the single-A Warriors also took home a championship on Sunday with a 28-12 win over Eel River.