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Fortuna pole vaulters rise to the occasion at league championships

Photos by Ray Hamill/ – Fortuna’s Christopher Duey and Chloe Cox celebrate their wins on Saturday.

Two Fortuna Huskies flew higher than anyone else at the weekend H-DN track and field championships at Fortuna High — literally.

Juniors Chloe Cox and Christopher Duey were the only non-Del Norte athletes to compete in the pole vault competitions, but both of them beat out a large field of talented Warriors to give the Huskies a sweep.

Duey saved his best for the biggest stage and had a PR mark of 11’ 6” on his way to victory.

Del Norte sophomore Lyon Rigden gave Duey all he could handle in the race for the White Star and also cleared 11’ 6”, but he placed second on a tiebreaker.

Del Norte’s Ayden Ramirez placed third with a jump of 11’ even, followed in turn by teammates Gabe Howard, Mathew Martinez, Roy Short, Cody Bursham and Jason Murphy.

Cox also was pushed all the way by Del Norte’s Mayleah Jackson in the girls competition.

The Fortuna junior cleared 7’ 6” for her fourth straight victory in league meets.

Jackson also cleared 7’ 6”, which was a PR, but placed second on a tiebreaker.

The junior was followed by freshman teammate Arriana Pennington, with Del Norte’s Sarah Curtis, Sheena Xiong and Kansas Coulson rounding out the field of competitors.

The Eureka Loggers were crowned team champions in both the boys and girls competitions.

Christopher Duey

Del Norte’s Lyon Rigden

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