Little to separate the top H-DN teams at McKinleyville

Photos by Ray Hamill/ – Southern Trinity’s Dennis Wheeler competes in the high jump at McKinleyville on Wednesday.

The Arcata Tigers won both the boys and girls team competitions at the second H-DN track and field meet of the season at McKinleyville High on Wednesday, although there was little to separate the top boys teams.

While the Arcata girls dominated the rest of the field with 10 individual wins, just six points separated the top-three boys teams, with the Tigers scoring 98.5 points, followed by McKinleyville (95), Del Norte (92.5), Eureka (82) and Fortuna (55).

Individually, there were six double winners on the day, including the impressive Derek Ray, who continues to shine.

The McKinleyville senior won both the shot put and discus, throwing a PR of 138’ 1” in the latter.

Ray has now placed in the top three all nine times he has competed this season in either event, including seven firsts and a very impressive second-place finish at the weekend Stanford Invitational in the shot put.

St. Bernard’s Carl Nunes also was a double winner, taking both the long jump and triple jump, while competing in the latter for the first time.

Ferndale’s Isaak Kasso won both the 110m hurdles and the 200m, setting a PR in the latter with a time of 24.69 seconds, while McKinleyville’s Damian Dinan was first in both the 1600m and 3200m, setting a PR in the latter in a time of 9:57.08.

Rounding out the double winners, Eureka’s Hans Chalmers and Joe Morris were first in both relay races, teaming with Elijah Griffin and Joe Gonzalez in the 4x100m and with Erick Esparza and Chase Jimenez in the 4x400m.

Del Norte enjoyed a one-two-three finish in the 100m, with Caden Harrison taking first, ahead of teammates Aden Mintonye and Bryson Price.

Arcata’s Luke Moxon won the 400m with a PR of 54.05 seconds, while Fortuna’s Luke Kamrud won the 800m with a PR of 2:10.23 and Mintonye won the 300m hurdles with a PR of 42.10 seconds.

Other winners included Fortuna’s Russell Pascascio and Arcata’s Eric Jackson, who tied for first in the high jump, as well as Fortuna’s Christopher Duey and Del Norte’s Ayden Ramirez, who tied for first in the pole vault with identical PRs of 11 feet.

Southern Trinity’s Dennis Wheeler placed third in the high jump, while Del Norte’s Mathew Martinez was third in the pole vault.

Pascascio also had a strong showing in the triple jump, placing second ahead of Eureka’s Preston Richards in third, while Moxon was second in the long jump with teammate Jackson in third.

Eureka’s Jamin Guilbert and Gonzalez each placed second and third to Ray, respectively, in the shot put and discus, while McKinleyville’s Dorian Rine was second in both hurdles races, with Mintonye placing third in the 110m hurdles and Luis Garcia-Anderson third in the 300m hurdles.

McKinleyville’s Rylee Collart also had a good day in both the 200m and 400m with second-place finishes in each, while Ferndale’s Jack Westfall was third in the 200m and Kamrud was third in the 400m.

Del Norte’s Dylan Rodriguez had a pair of seconds, in both the 1600m and 3200m, with Arcata’s Nathan Whitney third in the 1600m and Arcata’s Reece Thompson third in the 3200m.

Whitney also was second in the 800m, followed by Eureka’s Zack Halve in third.



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