Two H-DN track and field athletes have posted the best marks in the North Coast Section in their respective events this spring, with seven of their peers also featuring among the section leaders.
McKinleyville’s Derek Ray, who is enjoying outstanding spring in the throwing events, has the top mark in the entire section in the boys shot put, wile St. Bernard’s Carl Nunes has the top NCS distance in the triple jump.
Ray’s leading mark is 53’ 8”, which he set at the league opening meet two weeks ago, while Nunes’ jump of 43’ 4” was set at last week’s second league meet.
Remarkably, it was the first time Nunes has ever competed in the triple jump.
Both also feature among the section leaders in other events.
Ray has the seventh-best throw in the discus (138’ 1”), while Nunes has the fourth-best mark in the long jump (21’ 10”).
Seven other H-DN athletes also feature among the section leaders this season, including Eureka’s Jamin Gilbert, who has the second-best throw in the shot put behind Ray.
Guilbert’s season-best mark of 52’ 11.5’ was set at the 21st Annual Prefontaine Rotary Invitational.
His Loggers teammate Joseph Gonzalez rounds out an impressive showing for the local league in the shot put and has the sixth-best mark in the section with a throw of 48’ 3.5”.
The talented trio of throwers all feature among the discus leaders as well.
In addition to Ray’s seventh-best mark, Gilbert has the fourth-best throw with a 144’ 4” and Gonzalez is 10th best with a 134’ 4”.
Del Norte’s Aden Mintonye, meanwhile, has the eighth-best section time in the boys 300 meters hurdles with a time of 42.1 seconds, which he set at last week’s league meet.
Four local girls also feature among the NCS leaders.
Eureka’s Emily Pesch is tied for the second-best mark in the high jump with a jump of 5’ 3”, which she also set at the Prefontaine Rotary Invitational.
Arcata’s Quincy Collins is tied for 10th in the same event with a jump of 5’, while McKinleyville’s Kalyssa Claros has the fifth-best mark in the shot put with a throw of 36’ 3”.
And rounding out the impressive local contingent, St. Bernard’s Madelyn Shanahan has the seventh-best distance in the triple jump with a jump of 34’ 3.25”.
The third H-DN meet of the spring will take place at Del Norte on Friday.
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