The Corsairs continued their impressive spring in track and field with a third-place finish for both the men’s and women’s teams at the six-team Humboldt Invitational at the Redwood Bowl over the weekend.
“We had a good day,” said College of the Redwoods head coach Reed Elmore, whose teams set a combined 11 PRs. “We are in the part of the season where the athletes are working hard and not feeling fresh. We are setting ourselves up for peak performances later toward the end of the season.”
It was a good day for a number of Fortuna athletes, including Maggie Stacy, who placed first in the women’s 400 meter hurdles in her first time competing in the event.
Stacy finished in a time of 1 minute, 22.16 seconds.
Two Fortuna sprinters also had a good for the CR men’s team, including Connor Pratt, who is just coming off an injury.
Pratt teamed with fellow former Husky Tai Bolden, McKinleyville’s Nathan Witte and Hoopa’s Larry Tracy to place second in the 2x100m relay.
Bolden also placed seventh in the 200m and eighth in the 100m, one spot ahead of Pratt in the latter.
Witte and Tracy also teamed with Ian Bennett and Kyle Byrne to win the 4x800m relay in an exciting finish, barely edging the Multnomah team by just 0.02 of a second.
Other top performers for the Corsairs included the speedy Brianna Green, who placed first in the women’s 200m and second in the 100m, finishing the latter in 12.34 seconds and posting a state qualifying time.
Teammate Hannah Hartwell continued to impress and placed second in the 1500m, while Eureka’s Kristin Bonomini placed fifth in the 800m.
Another former Eureka Logger, Sativa Young, posted a pair of season best marks, placing third in the long jump and sixth in the 100m.
In the Women’s Javelin, JC state leader Josie Peterson placed second with a throw of 35.90m, while Kiera Holland was fifth in the shot put and sixth in the discus, one spot ahead of teammate Kallie Schoenbachler.
The CR women also had a strong showing in the hammer, with Peterson fifth, Holland sixth, Adriannan Slaybaugh seventh and Kathy Wright eighth.
Among the standout performances for the men, Witte also placed second in the 400m and posted a NorCal qualifying time of 50.09 seconds.
Bennett also placed 12th in the 1500m in a time of 4:12.06, just two seconds off his PR, followed by teammates Sean Dugdale in 14th, Kyle Byrne in 15th and Thomas Becannon in 17th, with Dugdale and Becannon both matching their PRs.
Chance Hefter placed third in the men’s shot put and fourth in both the discus and the hammer, while teammate Daegan McClary was second in the javelin, followed by Dennis Petrus in third.
Cal Poly Humboldt won the men’s team event, ahead of Southern Oregon in second, while Southern Oregon won the women’s event, with Humboldt in second.
Simpson and Shasta rounded out the six-team field.