Several PRs set at competitive H-DN track and field championships

Photos by Ray Hamill/ – Action from Saturday’s H-DN track and field championships in Fortuna.

By Ray Hamill — Arcata senior Ai-Lan McGoldrick won all four of her events at the H-DN track and field championships at Fortuna High School on Saturday, but it was the Eureka Loggers who swept both team competitions.

McGoldrick won the 400 meters and the 800m, as well as placing first on the Arcata 4x400m and 4x800m relay teams.

However, the Loggers’ depth paid off as they beat out Del Norte by 20 points for the boys title and Arcata by 11.5 points for the girls pennant.

McGoldrick’s teammate Sydney Hasselquist also had a huge individual day, setting PRs on her way to victories in the 100 meters (12.58 seconds) and the 200m (26.24 seconds), as well as winning on the 4x400m relay team.

St. Bernard’s Madelyn Shanahan also won three events.

The Crusaders junior set PRs on her way to victories in the discus (110’5”) and the triple jump (34’9.5”), as well as placing first in the long jump.

In the boys competition, speedy Del Norte freshman Deken Hanks capped an incredible debut season at the varsity level with three wins on the day, setting PRs on his way to victory in both sprints (11.10 and 22.87) and also winning as part of the 4x100m relay team.

Eureka’s Jamin Guilbert also enjoyed a day to remember, winning both the shot put and discus with PRs, including a throw 174’7” in the discus, which not only out-distanced the field by an incredible 40’9” but also is the top mark in the North Coast Section this season.

Other top performers included St. Bernard’s sophomore Laila Florvilus, who beat out Eureka senior Ginny Brooks in the girls 100m hurdles with a PR time of 15.71 seconds, which is the third fastest time in the NCS this year.

Brooks’ second-placed time of 16.18 seconds is the sixth fastest time in the NCS this spring, showcasing the level of competition in the H-DN hurdles.

Brooks ran season-best times in both hurdles races, including a 48.07 on her way to victory in the 300m hurdles, which is the seventh best mark in the NCS.

Submitted photo – Eureka’s Jamin Guilbert

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McKinleyville’s Kalyssa Claros won the shot put and also set a new school record in the discus, where she finished second to Shanahan with a toss of 107’11”.

The Panthers senior now holds school records in both the shot put and discus.

Eureka’s Miriam Mende also set a PR on her way to winning the 1600m in a time of 5 minutes, 43.17 seconds, while teammate Charlotte Leonard won the 3200m and Del Norte took the girls 4x100m relay.

Eureka’s Emily Pesch continued to dominate the girls high jump with a victory, while Fortuna’s Chloe Cox won the pole vault.

The Del Norte girls placed third as a team, with Fortuna fourth and St. Bernard’s fifth.

There were eight multiple winners in the boys’ competition, with PRs set in nine of the 14 non-relay victories.

Eureka’s Joe Morris set a PR on his way to winning the 400m in a time of 51.97 seconds and also placed first as part of the Loggers 4x400m relay team.

His teammates Everett Docherty, Daniel Shaver and Hans Chalmers each also had a pair of victories.

Docherty won the 800m and Shaver won the 3200m, with both also winning on the 4x800m relay team, while Chalmers won the long jump and was a part of the 4x400m relay winning team.

Fortuna’s Russell Pascascio and Del Norte’s Aden Mintonye each also won a pair of events.


Submitted photo – Kalyssas Claros set a new McKinleyville school record in the discus on Saturday.

Pascascio took first in the triple jump and high jump — setting a PR of 6’2” in the latter — while Mintonye won the 300m hurdles and was a part of the 4x100m relay winning team.

McKinleyville’s Damian Dinan also had a PR on his way to winning the 1600m in a time of 4:33.66, while Ferndale’s Isaak Kasso had a PR of 15.94 seconds on his way to comfortably taking the 110m hurdles.

Rounding out the day’s winners, Fortuna’s Christopher Duey set a PR of 11’6” while barely edging Del Norte’s Lyon Rigden for victory in the pole vault.

We’ll have much more on the H-DN track and field championships early next week.

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