Ferndale’s Grant Van Emmerik continues to lead the way for College of the Redwoods track and field, one of several local athletes starring for the team this spring.
Van Emmerik and teammate Owen Lien of McKinleyville give head coach Reed Elmore a potent one-two punch in both the 200 meters and 400m.
Competing in very windy conditions at Butte College on Saturday, Van Emmerik placed first in both events, with times of 21.96 and 48.49 seconds.
Lien was second in the 400m in a time of 50.43 seconds, and fourth in the 200m (22.73 seconds), setting a PR in both.
CR’s Kyle Bryne also continued to impress in both the 800m and 1500m, placing first in each, as he has at every conference meet this spring.
“Kyle keeps on battling every race,” Elmore said. “Most of the runners in the 800m did not run the 1500m. So, not only was he running against runners with fresh legs, but he was battling the wind.
“He lead most of the race, breaking the wind for the other runners, and still won. He in a true gladiator and manages to keep slaying his opponents.”
The consistent Byrne clocked 4 minutes, 23 seconds in the 1500m, with teammate Braiden Vega in third (4:45.75).
Byrne then timed a 2:01.55 in the 800m, winning by just .01 of a second, with Vega in fifth.
In the 100m, CR’s Tyric Washington placed eighth in a time of 11.35 seconds, also a PR.
Washington also placed second in the high jump, with a jump of six feet even.
In the women’s competition, Arcata’s Liberty Seda had a good day, placing first in the 200m (28.84) and second in the high jump (4-10).
Eureka’s Kristin Bonomini also had a big day, with a first-place finish in the 400m in a time of 1:07.85, and a third-place finish in the 800m.
Fortuna’s Maggie Stacy led the field in the 1500m, timing 5:38.66, which was just two seconds off her PR and an impressive mark in the conditions.
Teammate Hailey Hopkins was second in a time of 5:54.22, also just two seconds off her her PR.
Both runners came back to compete in the 800m, finishing third and fourth, respectively, with times of 2:45.44 and 2:47.84.
In the throwing events, Hoopa’s Arianna Kartaltepe placed second in the hammer with a throw of 36.90m and third in the shot put with a throw of 9.39m.
Teammate Alexee Kline also impressed in both events, placing fourth in the discus with a throw of 28.04m and sixth in the hammer (28.31m).
Eureka’s Kathy Wright placed seventh in the hammer (21.6m) and eighth in the shot put.