Macdonald sisters dominate once again at H-DNL meet

Photos by Ray Hamill/ – Twin sisters Anneli (left) and Mathilde Macdonald ran away from the rest of the field at Wednesday’s cross country meet in Arcata.

By Ray Hamill — There appears to be no stopping the Macdonald sisters in H-DNL cross country this season.

On Wednesday, at the Arcata Marsh, the Arcata siblings took the top three spots for the second straight week, as the Tigers continued to dominate both individually and as a team.

And once again, it was junior Anneli Macdonald who was first home, followed closely by her twin sister Mathilde, with younger sister and freshman Soquel in third.

Anneli ran the longer than usual course in a time of 19 minutes, 48 seconds, with Mathilde 12 seconds back.

“They’re just hard workers,” Arcata head coach James Washington said of the trio. “They work hard, and that’s what it is.”

The three sisters also play soccer, but unlike most years when they compete in both sports at the same time, this year because of COVID restrictions they only have cross country to focus on right now, and that’s a scary proposition for the rest of the H-DNL.

Overall it was another strong performance from the Tigers, who have built a cross country dynasty under Washington in recent years, one that is showing no signs of slowing down.

“I was very happy with the performance,” Washington said. “I’m really pleased with the kids and how they’re working and improving with each meet.”

Eureka’s Charlotte Leonard placed fourth on the day for the second straight week, pushing Soquet Macdonald for much of the course.

Eureka’s Charlotte Leonard and Arcata’s Soquet Macdonald at the Arcata Marsh on Wednesday.

“She’s just really competitive and very determined,” Eureka head coach Matt Messner said of Leonard, a sophomore. “She’s very tough mentally.”

KyleeAnna Zink-Clinton also placed in the top 10 for the Loggers.

As of Wednesday night, the complete results and times were still not available. Humboldt Sports will publish them whenever they are made available.

For a report and video highlights of Wednesday’s boys race, see Stockwell wins again, but Loggers edge Huskies in back-and-forth rivalry …

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