Local youth track and field appears to be as popular as ever, with huge numbers competing at both the middle school and high school meets in recent years.
That was evident on Wednesday, when the H-DNL added a JV girls division.
“I just thought it was unfortunate not to have a JV girls division,” said Fortuna head coach Norm Sotomayor, who proposed the idea to the league. “And (league commissioner) Jack Lakin said ‘yeah let’s get it going,’ and so yesterday was the first time, maybe ever, that we had a JV girls competition.”
And that was good news for the young Fortuna girls, who comfortably took first place as a team.
The addition to the league schedule is also good news for other H-DNL track and field teams with young rosters.
And it will no doubt keep some of the younger competitors interested and give them something to compete for, instead of forcing them to compete in varsity events with girls several years older.
“It was cool to see,” Sotomayor said. “I think it was the right thing to do.”
The first JV girls winners included St. Bernard’s Amaiyah Her (100 meters); Fortuna’s Allie Cox (200m); Fortuna’s Alyssa Huber (400m and 800m); Eureka’s Sequoia Ashby (1600m); Fortuna’s Malia Bolden (100m hurdles and 300m hurdles); Fortuna’s Alana Huber, Allie Cox, Chloe Cox and Brylee Barsanti (4×100 relay); Fortuna’s Alyssa Huber, Jocelyn Ortega-Miranda, Kylie Ward and Sarah Keating (4x400m relay); Fortuna’s Lonna Torrez (shot put); Fortuna’s Vernasia Cumpian (discus); Fortuna’s Claire Coleman (high jump and triple jump); Fortuna’s Alana Huber (pole vault); and Fortuna’s Chloe Cox (long jump).