If the regular season has been anything to go by, it should be quite a battle at the upcoming H-DN track and field championships.
The league held a fourth meet at Del Norte on Wednesday, and for the second straight week just a few points separated the top two girls teams.
But for the second straight week, it was the Eureka girls who prevailed, outscoring the Arcata Tigers by two and a half points (124.5 to 122).
The Arcata girls won seven of the 16 events including four first places for Sydney Hasselquist, who continued her blistering pace with victories in the 100 and 200 meters, the 4x400m relay and the long jump.
The outstanding senior has now won 14 of the 16 league events she has competed in this spring, including four straight victories in both the 100m and the long jump.
Hasselquist set a pair of PRs on the way to victory in the 100m (12.79 seconds) and the 200m (26.83 seconds), and also teamed with Quincy Collins, Nicole Nozawa and Ai-Lan McGoldrick to place first in the 4x400m relay.
McGoldrick and Collins each also were multiple winners on the day, while Fortuna junior Allie Cox placed second to Hasselquist in both sprints and the long jump.
McGoldrick also placed first in the 800m, edging out Eureka’s Charlotte Leonard by two seconds, with Del Norte’s Alexis Aguirre in third, while Collins also won the triple jump, followed by St. Bernard’s Madelyn Shanahan in second and Eureka’s Samara Gaither in third.
The Loggers won five events, led by senior Ginny Brooks, who placed first in both hurdles races.
The impressive Brooks had a season-best time of 48.8 seconds in the 300m hurdles, edging out McKinleyville’s Kim Lewis in second and Nozawa in third, with SB’s Laila Florvilus second in the 100m hurdles and Lewis third.
Leonard, Emily Pesch and Isabella Claussen each also won an event for the Loggers.
Leonard led a one-two-three charge for Eureka in the 1600m, with teammates Miriam Mende and Sequoia Ashby rounding out the top three, while Claussen had a PR throw of 32’ 7” in the shot put, followed by Fortuna’s Lonna Torrez in second and Arcata’s Linea Vizenor in third.
Pesch, meanwhile, has dominated the high jump all spring and has placed first in six of the seven meets she has competed in, including a victory on Wednesday.
Collins placed second, followed by Northcoast Prep’s Josepha Marschke in third.
Shanahan also set a PR on her way to victory in the discus with a throw of 102’ 5”, with Torrez second and Claussen in third.
Brooking-Harbor freshman Lexie Newman also set a PR in the 400m with a time of 1 minute 2.01 seconds, winning the event for the fifth time in six meets this spring.
McGoldrick placed second, followed by Del Norte’s Lili Nunez in third.
Nunez also teamed with Mayleah Jackson, Abbie O’Reiley and Gianna Taylor to take first in the 4x100m relay, with the speedy Taylor also placing third in the 100m.
In the 3200m, Arcata’s Soquel MacDonald ran her fastest time of the season on the way to winning in a time of 12:38.36, followed by Ashby in second and Mende in third, while Brooking’s Spensyr Gotfried and Fortuna’s Allie Cox tied for first in the pole vault, followed by Del Norte’s Sarah Curtis in third.
Florvilus also placed third in the 200m and Del Norte’s Lily Sherman was third in the long jump.