It’s shaping up to be a good year in the throwing events for the McKinleyville Panthers, and the H-DN.
Over the weekend, four local high school throwers traveled south to compete at the prestigious Stanford Invitational, with three of them placing in the top 10 in the boys shot put.
McKinleyville’s Derek Ray led the way as he continues his impressive early-season form and placed second among all high schoolers.
A pair of Eureka athletes also placed in the top 10.
Senior Joseph Gonzalez threw a PR of 14.72m and placed fourth, while senior Jamin Guilbert was 10th with a throw of 13.77m.
For good measure, Gonzalez, who will play football at College of the Redwoods this coming fall, also placed 14th in the discus with a season-best throw of 38.6m.
McKinleyville’s Kalyssa Claros also made the trip to Stanford to compete in the girls shot put.
All four H-DN standouts are scheduled to be back in action at the second league meet, which will be hosted by Eureka at McKinleyville High School on Wednesday afternoon.