Big day for Ray, Nunes and the Loggers at Fortuna

File photo – From left to right, Jamin Guilbert, Derek Ray and Joseph Gonzalez had another big day in the throwing events at Fortuna on Wednesday.

The Eureka boys showcased their depth once again at the third H-DN track meet of the season at Fortuna on Wednesday with a comfortable 38-point team victory.

Individually, McKinleyville’s Derek Ray continued his outstanding spring with a pair of PRs on his say to victory in the shot put and discus, while St. Bernard’s Carl Nunes continued to impress in the long jump and triple jump.

Seven of the nine schools competing posted at least one victory each in the 16 events, with St. Bernard’s and McKinleyville each taking home four victories.

But it was the Eureka boys who took the team victory with 144.75 points, well ahead of Arcata (106.5), Del Norte (69), Fortuna (67) and McKinleyville (65).

Ray, who leads the NCS in the shot put this year, smashed his previous PR by almost four feet with a throw of 57’ 6”, while also taking first in the discus with a PR of 143’ 7”, the seventh best mark in the NCS this spring.

The athletic Nunes, meanwhile, took first in both the long jump (20’10”) and triple jump (41’35”), as well as teaming with Grant Omey, Isaiah Herbst and Aiden Burris to win the 4×100 meter relay.

Burris capped a good day individually and for his team with a victory in the 200m with a PR of 24.51 seconds.

Del Norte freshman Deken Hanks also set a PR on his way to winning the 100m in a time of 11.54 seconds, with teammate Aden Mintonye in second and Burris in third.

Eureka’s Hans Chalmers also set a PR on his way to victory in the 400m (54.31), just four-tenths of a second faster than Arcata’s Luke Moxon in second, with Fortuna’s Luke Kamrud rounding out the top three.

McKinleyville junior Damian Dinan continued to showcase his versatility as a runner and was victorious in the 800m with a PR of 2 minutes, 5.53 seconds, followed by Del Norte’s Dylan Rodriguez in second and Eureka’s Everett Docherty in third, while Eureka’s Chase Jimenez was first in the 1600m with a PR of 4:56.10, followed by Dinan in second and Arcata’s Levi Browne in third.

Arcata’s Reece Thompson placed first in the 3200m, followed across the line by teammates Ocean Walker and Browne to give the Tigers the top three spots in the race, while Ferndale’s hurdles specialist Isaak Kasso won the 110m hurdles with a PR of 16.14 seconds, followed by Eureka’s Preston Richards and McKinleyville’s Jace Thompson.

Jace Thompson also was second to teammate Dorian Rine in the 300m hurdles, followed by Richards in third.

Eureka’s Jimenez and Docherty teamed with Daniel Shaver and Zack Halve to win the 4x800m relay, while Eureka’s Joseph Gonzalez placed second to Ray in both the shot put and discus, with teammate Jamin Guilbert third in the shot put and Del Norte’s Gavin Skerik third in the discus.

In the high jump, Arcata’s Mason Taylor set a PR (6’2”) on his way to victory, with Fortuna’s Russell Pascascio second and Arcata’s Eric Jackson in third, while Fortuna’s Christopher Duey won the pole vault, followed by a group of five Del Norte athletes who tied for second.

Taylor also placed second to Nunes in the long jump, with Jackson third, while Pascascio also placed second in the triple jump with Chalmers third.

And rounding out a busy day of action, Fortuna’s Mathew Hansen was second to Burris in the 200m, with Eureka’s Michael Leen in third.

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