Hasselquist leads dominating Tigers at second H-DN meet

Photos by Ray Hamill/ – Arcata senior Sydney Hasselquist won four events at McKinleyville on Wednesday.

By Ray Hamill — Arcata’s Sydney Hasselquist has hit the ground running this spring, literally.

The Tigers senior continued her impressive start to the new track and field season with a perfect four wins in four events at McKinleyville High on Wednesday, leading the Arcata girls to a dominating team win.

Through two H-DN meets, Hasselquist has placed first in seven of her eight events, while finishing third in the other.

On Wednesday, she showcased her speed with victories in the girls 100 meters and 200m, as well as placing first in the high jump and teaming with Lilah Durham, Nicole Nozawa and Quincy Collins to win the 4x100m relay.

The Arcata girls won a remarkable 10 of the 16 events and scored an impressive 161.33 points, easily outscoring second-placed Fortuna, which had 92.33 points.

Hasselquist was one of five multiple winners for the Arcata girls.

Ai-Lan McGoldrick placed first in three events, winning the 800m — with a PR of 2 minutes, 32.02 seconds — as well as the 400m and the 4x400m relay with Nozawa, Gabby Cavinta and Madison Trieu.

Collins also placed first in the high jump, while teammate Alauna Thompson won the 1600m with a PR of 6:05.17 and also led a one-two-three finish for the Tigers in the 3200m, with Sydney Ventuleth in second and Frida King third.

The dominating Arcata girls also had a one-two-three finish in the 800m, with Trieu and Thompson following McGoldrick across the line.

The Fortuna girls had three wins on the day, led by the impressive Brylee Barsanti who continued to shine in the 100m hurdles and set a new PR with a time of 17.09 seconds.

Teammate Lonna Torrez also had a big day, placing first in the discus with a PR of 99’ 8” and second in the shot put, while Fortuna’s Chloe Cox won the pole vault.

Rounding out the list of winners on Wednesday, McKinleyville’s Kalyssa Claros took first in the shot put and second in the discus, St. Bernard’s Madelyn Shanahan was first in the triple jump and McKinleyville’s Kim Lewis edged out her younger sister Alex Lewis to win the 300m hurdles with a PR of 51.08 seconds.

Fortuna’s Allie Cox placed second to Hasselquist in both sprints, with Del Norte’s Gianna Taylor third in the 100m and her teammate Lili Nunez third in the 200m.

Fortuna freshman Amy Aubuchon was second in the 400m, followed by Del Norte’s Mayleah Jackson in third, while McKinleyville’s MaryAnn Som placed second in the 1600m, followed by Eureka’s Anna Grimmett in third, and Nozawa rounded out a big day with a second in the 100m hurdles, followed by Kim Lewis in third.


Aubuchon also was third in the 300m hurdles, while Arcata’s Linea Vizenor was third in the shot put and Claros was second to Torrez in the discus, with Shanahan in third.

In the high jump, Del Norte’s Hollyn Wakefield was second, with Eureka’s Sophie Grimmett in third, while Del Norte’s Sarah Curtis was second in the pole vault, with Del Norte’s Sheena Xiong in third.

Rounding out the top three in he long jump, Del Norte’s Lily Sherman was second, with St. Bernard’s Alyssa Boham in third, while Collins rounded out a big day with a second-place finish in the triple jump, followed by Sherman in third.

The Del Norte Warriors placed third as a team with 81 points, followed by McKinleyville (64) and St. Bernard’s (35).

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