By Ray Hamill — Eureka sophomore Ginny Brooks capped an outstanding spring in track and field with four individual wins at the H-DNL Championships at Fortuna on Saturday.
Brooks was the big individual winner on the day, and played a pivotal role in helping the Eureka girls to a team championship, as the Loggers comfortably outdistanced second-placed Fortuna, 171.5 points to 130.5.
Brooks placed first in both hurdles races, setting a new PR with a time of 16.53 seconds in the 100m hurdles to edge out McKinleyville senior Mackenzie Bray.
The Eureka standout also placed first in the long jump, as well as teaming with Emily Pesch, Taziyah Harris and Klayre Barres to win the 4x100m relay.
McKinleyville’s Soffia Reyes was also a big winner on the day, taking first in three different events, including the 100m and 200m.
Reyes, also a sophomore, set a PR in the 100m with a time of 12.47 seconds, and also won as a part of the 4x400m relay team, along with Bray, Olivia Rink and Kathryn Tinney.
The Macdonald sisters continued to star for Arcata, with Anneli, Mathilde and Soquel placing one-two-three, respectively, in both the 1600m and the 3200m.
Mathilde also placed first in the 800m, followed by Eureka’s Miriam Mende six seconds back.
Eureka senior Klayre Barres also played a huge role in her team’s win, running the anchor leg in the 4x100m relay and winning the 400m by over two and a half seconds, with Del Norte’s Tianna Thompson second.
Barres also medaled in both sprints placing second in the 200m and third in the 100m.
Other notable winners on the day included McKinleyville’s Kalyssa Claros, who set a PR on her way to victory in the shot put, as well as Fortuna’s Lonna Torrez, who did likewise in winning the discus.
Fortuna senior Skylar Little took first in the high jump by an impressive four inches with a jump of 4 feet, 10 inches, while Del Norte junior Teresa Martinez won an entertaining pole vault competition, with Fortuna freshmen Chloe Cox and Alana Huber also medalling.
Another Fortuna freshman, Claire Coleman, took first in the triple jump, showcasing just how much young talent the Huskies have.
On the boys side, Eureka’s Nathaniel Spears and Fortuna’s Bo Cox were both three-time winners, as the Huskies comfortably won the team competition by 47 points over second-placed Eureka, with Del Norte in third.
Cox placed first in the triple jump, the pole vault and the 400m, winning the latter by barely more than half a second over Del Norte’s Emmanuel Nunez with a PR of 54.32 seconds.
He was also second in the long jump.
Spears won both hurdles races and the long jump.
Fortuna seniors Connor Pratt and Collin Stockwell each won two events, as did McKinleyville’s Isaac Ward.
Stockwell edged rival and fellow senior, Ian Bennett of Eureka, in both the 1600m and the 3200m, barely winning the latter by a quarter of a second in the most exciting race of the day.
Bennett, meanwhile, got the better of exchanges against his rival to win the 800m.
Pratt, who will compete for Sac State after graduation, won the 100m, as well as placing first in the 4x100m relay with teammates RJ Rexford, Tai Bolden and Levi Nyberg.
Ward placed first in the 200m and in the 4x400m relay, along with Mack teammates Jayson Rodriguez, Cody Rheinschmidt and Nathan Witte.
Other notable winners included Del Norte’s Blaine Winingham in the shot put and Eureka’s Joseph Gonzalez in the discus, each of whom set a PR.
Gonzalez won by almost 13 feet with a throw of 139-11.
And rounding out the list of winners, Del Norte’s Peyton Swan won the high jump.
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We will have a more in-depth look at all the medalists as well as extensive video highlights and a full gallery of the day’s action in the coming days.