Eureka, Fortuna athletes shine at Enterprise High meet

File photo – Eureka’s Ginny Brooks and Samara Gaither were in a action at the Jim Deaver Hornet Invite over the weekend.

The Eureka Loggers and Fortuna Huskies combined for 17 top-three finishes in varsity competition at the Jim Deaver Hornet Invite at Enterprise High School over the weekend.

The most impressive performance of the day for the H-DN teams came in the girls hurdles races, with local athletes taking the top three spots in the 100m hurdles.

Eureka’s Ginny Brooks placed first, followed by Fortuna’s Brylee Barsanti in second and Eureka’s Samara Gaither in third.

Eureka’s Aniah Gaither, meanwhile, placed first in the 300m hurdles, followed by Brooks in second and Barsanti in fifth.

Three other Eureka athletes won their events, including Emily Pesch in the girls high jump, Joe Morris in the boys 400m and Daniel Shaver in the boys 3200m.

As a team, the Eureka girls placed second out of 16 teams at the meet, which was won by Foothill.

The Eureka boys placed fifth, while the Fortuna boys and girls both placed seventh.

Fortuna’s Russell Pascascio had a pair of top-three finishes, placing second in the boys high jump and third in the triple jump.

In the girls shot put, Aniah Gaither placed second, one spot ahead of Fortuna’s Lonna Torrez, while Fortuna’s Chloe Cox placed third in the girls pole vault.

Eureka’s Charlotte Leonard also placed third in the girls 3200m, while the Eureka foursome of Brooks, Pesch and Aniah and Samara Gaither was second across the line in the 4x100m relay.

Fortuna’s Christopher Duey, meanwhile, placed third in the boys pole vault, while Eureka’s Hans Chalmers was third in the long jump, one spot ahead of teammate Preston Richards, and fourth in the 200m.

In the frosh/sophomore competitions, Eureka freshman Rina Ferroggiaro was a double winner in both girls hurdles races, as was teammate Everett Docherty, who was first across the line in the 1600m and 800m.

Hoopa freshman Quincy McDonald was second in the boys frosh/sophomore discus.

The H-DN will be back in action in the second league meet of the season at McKinleyville High School on Wednesday afternoon.

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