College of the Redwoods track and field head coach Reed Elmore believes a team-first mentality has paved the way for his team’s incredible success so far this season.
The Corsairs have posted six top JC marks in the state this spring, including three by freshman Hannah Hartwell, which is a very strong showing by the local community college.
“We are doing well this year because of a team approach,” Elmore said. “We are a small team but at every meet you can hear us cheering for each other. It is impressive that a small school like ours can rank athletes at both the state and the national level.
“The team approach creates an atmosphere where all of our athletes have the opportunity to improve at each meet.”
Hartwell in particular is enjoying an outstanding season and has posted the top state times in the 800 meters (2 minutes, 16.23 seconds), the 1500m (4:33.11), and the 5000m (17:17.35).
Former McKinleyville Panther Nathan Witte also ranks first in state in the men’s 400m hurdles (54.64), while former St. Bernard’s Crusaders Josie Peterson has the top mark in state in the women’s Javelin (123’ 10”), which is also the third best throw in the nation so far this season.
Remarkably, this is Peterson’s first year ever competing in the event.
Teammate Chance Hefter, meanwhile, is first in the state in the men’s shot put (51′ 3.75”), as well as seventh in state in the discus (145′ 11″).
And those six are not the only CR athletes featuring among the state leaders.
Brianna Green also has the second best mark in California in the women’s 400m (58.15 seconds), and is ninth in state in the 200m (25.39 seconds).
Rounding out an impressive list, Kyle Byrne is also fourth in state in the men’s 800m (1:54.67).