H-DNL athletes feature among NCS leaders, as Loggers lead the way at Fortuna

The Eureka Loggers won both team events at the second H-DNL track and field meet of the season in Fortuna on Wednesday, with several local athletes now featuring among the North Coast Section leaders.

Eureka senior Josh Mahle leads the section in the shot put (50 feet, 7 inches) ,and on Wednesday he placed first for the fifth time in five meets this season, throwing a 49’5” to win by seven feet. 

Fortuna’s Lane Shelton also continued to impress and took first in the 100 meters in a time of 11.43 seconds, edging Arcata’s Aidan Shelton by less than two tenths of a second.

Lane Shelton also placed second in the long jump with a PR jump of 20’9”, trailing the multi-talented Hans Chalmers of Eureka, who won with a jump of 21’3,” which was also a PR.

Chalmers also set a PR on his way to victory in the triple jump (40’1”), as the Loggers won the team event with 113 points, well ahead of Arcata (87.5) and McKinleyville (75).

In the girls competition, McKinleyville’s Soffia Reyes and Eureka’s Ginny Brooks both continued to lead the way with another dominating day.

The two juniors battled it out in the 100m, with the Mack standout edging the win in 12.73 seconds, just three tenths of a second faster than Brooks.

Reyes also won the 200m in a time of 26.7 seconds, edging Del Norte’s Tianna Thompson by a second, as well as placing second in both relay events.

The speedy Reyes also has the seventh best time in the NCS in the 400m — which she did not compete in on Wednesday — timing 1 minute, 0-3 seconds at last week’s league meet.

Brooks, meanwhile, continued her impressive season with three victories at Fortuna, placing first in both hurdles events and the long jump.

The Eureka junior ran a new PR in the 100m hurdles (16.01 seconds) and won by more than two seconds, which was the seventh fastest time in the section this season and the ninth fastest time ever in the H-DNL.

She also finished the 300m hurdles in 50.21 seconds, just two tenths of a second better than Del Norte’s Alyssa McCovey, and she won the long jump with a mark of 16’2.5”.

Brooks is enjoying another outstanding spring in track and field and was named athlete of the meet at the Hornet Invite in Redding over the weekend after winning all four of her events, including the 100m.

Her performances on Wednesday went a long way towards securing the team win for the Loggers, who scored 132 points, with Arcata (105) and Del Norte (79) rounding out the top three.

Submitted photo – McKinleyville’s Kalyssa Claros placed first in the shot put on Wednesday.

Macdonald sisters dominate again

The three Macdonald sisters of Arcata also enjoyed a big meet, taking seven of the nine combined top-three finishes in the 800m, 1600m and 3200m.

Senior Anneli Macdonald won both the 1600m (5:27.24) and the 3200m (11:18.81) and placed third in the 800m, which was won by her twin sister Mathilde in a time of 2:32.14.

Anneli has the 10th best mark in the 3200m in the NCS this season after running 11:01.69 at last week’s league meet, which is also the third fastest time ever in the H-DNL.

Younger sister Soquel, a sophomore, placed second in the 3200m and third in the 1600m, giving the family the top three finishers in the latter.

The speedy Del Norte Warriors continued to impress in the sprints, with the foursome of McCovey, Thompson, Lili Nunez and Gianna Taylor winning the 4x100m.

Arcata’s Kyla Berman, Mathilde Macdonald, Nicole Nozawa and Sydney Hasselquist combined to win the 4x400m relay.

Other winners on the day included McKinleyville junior Kalyssa Claros, who took top spot in the shot put with a throw of 31’11” for her third victory in the event in three outings this spring.

Del Norte’s Called King took first in the discus with a PR of 103’ 6.5”, while teammate Teresa Martinez won the pole vault for the third time in three meets this season, matching her PR of 9 feet.

Del Norte’s Lily Sherman and Eureka’s Emily Pesch, both sophomores, tied for first in the high jump with matching jumps of 5 feet, which was a PR for Pesch.

St. Bernard’s Madelyn Shanahan also impressed and won the triple jump with a jump of 32’8”, as well as placing second to Brooks in the long jump.

Rounding out the day’s winners, Eureka’s Lila Ekholdt placed first in the 400m with a PR time of 1:06.38.

Four-way tie

The boys high jump featured a four-way tie for first, with Fortuna’s Russell Pascascio, Eureka’s Ezekiel Rudin, Del Norte’s Edwin Zepeda and Arcata freshman Eric Jackson all jumping 5’8”, the latter two of which were PRs.

There was also a tie for first in the pole vault, with Del Norte senior Isaiah Sherman and Fortuna sophomore Christopher Duey both posting marks of 10’6”.

Other winners included Eureka’s Joseph Gonzalez, who placed first in the discus (129’7”); Ferndale’s Isaak Kasso in the 100m hurdles (17.25 seconds); and McKinleyville’s Jace Thompson in the 300m hurdles (47.41 seconds).

Arcata’s Aidan Shelton had a big day, and in addition to his second-place finish in the 100m he placed first in the 200 meters in a time of 24.3 seconds, as well as teaming with Everett Marsh, Josiah Gomez and Carson Tucker to win the 4x100m relay.

Gomez and Tucker also were victorious in the 4x400m relay with teammates Ian Letts and Alex Spanos.

The boys 400m was won by Brookings-Harbor’s Miguel Ramos (53.27 seconds), while Arcata’s Jude Ortega won the 800m (2:10.10), McKinleyville’s Damian Dinan won the 1600m with a PR time of 4:50.20, and Eureka’s Daniel Shaver was first in the 3200m in a time of 10:48.36, also a PR.

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